A. Brooks Smith, M. D.

A. Brooks Smith, M. D., has brought to the work of his profession the full powers of a strong and resourceful personality and the technical ability and skill that have secured for him a large and constantly growing practice in Grand Rapids, where he has been in active practice since 1911. Rufus Carlton Smith, his father, was a native of New Hampshire. He came to Michigan and settled in the vicinity of St. Louis and Petoskey and in later years was a prominent merchant of the latter city. His wife was Mary Isabel Pepper, whose family came to Michigan from the country around Rutland and Bennington, Vermont. Rufus Carlton Smith died in 1921 at the age of seventy-one years. A. Brooks Smith was born September 23, 1884, and for a few years attended the public schools of his native city. His father wishing him to get the best possible preparation for college, then placed him under the instruction of Professor M. O. Graves, under whom he studied two years. Having by this time chosen to follow the medical profession, he entered the Medical college of the University of Michigan, from which he graduated in 1909 after making an excellent record in his undergraduate work. His work as a student attracted such favorable attention that he was appointed by the board of regents to the position of assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics in the Homeopathic Medical College. During his professorship, in which he earned the respect and admiration of his students, he continued his research, but by 1911 he had formed the desire to enter active practice. Accordingly, in that year, he came to Grand Rapids and opened offices. Like many of our most successful professional men, he entered upon the active practice of his chosen work heavily in debt for his education. He refused to be discouraged by this fact and his early struggles in Grand Rapids have been more than a justification of his wish to continue in that work. Though his college days are completed, he has never ceased to be the scholar, and among his professional confreres he is known as a man who keeps abreast of the latest movements in the science of medicine. The ability which he has displayed in the handling of the cases that have been placed under his care has brought him an ever-growing practice, so that he is now regarded as one of the successful surgeons of Grand Rapids. In 1912 he married Marie Louise Parker, of Detroit, daughter of Byron W. and Elise Campau Parker. Doctor Smith gave up his private practice with the outbreak of the World war to offer his services to his country. He was commissioned lieutenant and assigned to Evacuation Hospital No. 2 and with that organization went to France, serving nineteen months in that country. He rose to the rank of major before his discharge, which occurred after twenty-four months in the Medical corps of the army. Doctor Smith has two children, a son, born in 1915, and Mary Campau, born in 1912. Doctor Smith is a member of the Michigan State Medical Society, the Kent County Medical Society, and the American College of Surgeons.

Transcriber: Nancy Myer
Created: 16 February 2005
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