SR189: Celebrating the life of George Robert Smith, Jr., MD.


SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 189
Celebrating the life of George Robert Smith, Jr., MD.

 

Agreed to by the Senate, February 25, 2023

 

WHEREAS, George Robert Smith, Jr., MD, a country doctor in Shawsville who touched countless lives throughout Montgomery County, died on February 18, 2023; and

WHEREAS, a native of North Carolina, Robert “Bob” Smith served his country as a member of the United States Navy, then attended the University of North Carolina and Harvard Medical School; and

WHEREAS, while completing his residency at what was then the Medical College of Virginia, Bob Smith and his wife, Mildred, passed through Shawsville and asked if the town needed a doctor; they subsequently established a medical practice, the Alleghany Clinic, in the former Meadow Brook Home on U.S. 460; and

WHEREAS, Bob Smith convinced a friend and fellow doctor, Clarence W. Taylor, Jr., MD, to join the practice in 1957; the Smith and Taylor families later built homes nearby on a road now named Pair O’Docs Lane; and

WHEREAS, over the course of his 42-year career as a family physician, Bob Smith treated patients in need at all hours of the day, seven days a week, and commonly made house calls, serving different generations of the same local families; and

WHEREAS, in the 1960s, Bob Smith began construction on Meadowbrook Nursing Home, which served older residents of the community for decades and became Montgomery County’s largest employer; and

WHEREAS, in 1982, Bob Smith established the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation, which awarded scholarships to aspiring nurses; after Meadowbrook Nursing Home closed in 2001, the foundation led efforts to repurpose the building as the Meadowbrook Center, which houses a library, a wellness center, a museum, an art gallery, and the Dr. George R. Smith, Jr., Community Center; and

WHEREAS, with Bob Smith as president, the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation also transformed an old fire station into a food pantry and thrift shop; and

WHEREAS, in addition, Bob Smith helped found the Shawsville Rescue Squad and the Shawsville Ruritan Club; and

WHEREAS, Bob Smith will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 73 years, Mildred; his children, George III, Julia, Mary Beth, and Linda, and their families; and numerous other family members, friends, and former patients; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of Virginia hereby note with great sadness the loss of George Robert Smith, Jr., MD, a pillar of the Shawsville community; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of George Robert Smith, Jr., MD, as an expression of the Senate of Virginia’s respect for his memory.

SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 189

Offered February 24, 2023
Celebrating the life of George Robert Smith, Jr., MD.
Patron-- Suetterlein

Unanimous consent to introduce

WHEREAS, George Robert Smith, Jr., MD, a country doctor in Shawsville who touched countless lives throughout Montgomery County, died on February 18, 2023; and

WHEREAS, a native of North Carolina, Robert “Bob” Smith served his country as a member of the United States Navy, then attended the University of North Carolina and Harvard Medical School; and

WHEREAS, while completing his residency at what was then the Medical College of Virginia, Bob Smith and his wife, Mildred, passed through Shawsville and asked if the town needed a doctor; they subsequently established a medical practice, the Alleghany Clinic, in the former Meadow Brook Home on U.S. 460; and

WHEREAS, Bob Smith convinced a friend and fellow doctor, Clarence W. Taylor, Jr., MD, to join the practice in 1957; the Smith and Taylor families later built homes nearby on a road now named Pair O’Docs Lane; and

WHEREAS, over the course of his 42-year career as a family physician, Bob Smith treated patients in need at all hours of the day, seven days a week, and commonly made house calls, serving different generations of the same local families; and

WHEREAS, in the 1960s, Bob Smith began construction on Meadowbrook Nursing Home, which served older residents of the community for decades and became Montgomery County’s largest employer; and

WHEREAS, in 1982, Bob Smith established the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation, which awarded scholarships to aspiring nurses; after Meadowbrook Nursing Home closed in 2001, the foundation led efforts to repurpose the building as the Meadowbrook Center, which houses a library, a wellness center, a museum, an art gallery, and the Dr. George R. Smith, Jr., Community Center; and

WHEREAS, with Bob Smith as president, the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation also transformed an old fire station into a food pantry and thrift shop; and

WHEREAS, in addition, Bob Smith helped found the Shawsville Rescue Squad and the Shawsville Ruritan Club; and

WHEREAS, Bob Smith will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 73 years, Mildred; his children, George III, Julia, Mary Beth, and Linda, and their families; and numerous other family members, friends, and former patients; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of Virginia hereby note with great sadness the loss of George Robert Smith, Jr., MD, a pillar of the Shawsville community; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of George Robert Smith, Jr., MD, as an expression of the Senate of Virginia’s respect for his memory.