Dr. SMITH Russell Eaton, V.M.D.

Male 1917 - 2008  (91 years)


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  • Name SMITH Russell Eaton 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Suffix V.M.D. 
    Born 15 May 1917  Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    Lawrence General Hospital 
    Gender Male 
    _UID CEF88F26544E4318B184F2E937157D94E5EE 
    Died 20 Jun 2008  Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • (OBIT: Russell Eaton Smith, V.M.D.
      Veterinarian, microbiologist, professor
      ORLEANS--Russell Eaton Smith died June 20 at home.

      Dr. Smith was born in Methuen. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 1938 with a degree in Animal Husbandry, and later that same year married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Greenwood. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1942.

      Until 1948 Dr. Smith conducted a mixed animal veterinary practice in Haverhill, Mass. and during World War II, at the request of the Army Veterinary Corps, he was engaged in various disease control programs.

      In 1948, his alma mater invited him to join the faculty of the Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, where his responsibilities included teaching, research, counseling, public service and veterinarian to the UMass farm.

      From that date until retirement, Dr. Smith was a professor of Veterinary Science and Director of the UMass Large Animal Diagnostic Service. He was a member of seven leading scientific and professional societies, and was elected a Chartered Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. His associations included the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, the Conference of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the United States Livestock Sanitary Association and the National Leptospirosis Conference. He was the recipient of many research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the United States Department of Agriculture, and author of more than forty published research papers regarding infectious diseases as a cause of infertility and abortion in domestic animals.

      His research having become internationally recognized, he was invited to join the veterinary contingent sent to Moscow in 1965 as part of the People-to-People Goodwill Tour earlier established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower for cultural and scientific exchange purposes, and he was invited to study and consult at the Royal Veterinary College in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1968.

      Dr. Smith was also a teacher. His sense of humor, intellect and interest in students resulted in his becoming a talented, inspiring and popular classroom professor. He was a member of the UMass Pre-Medical Advisory Committee, and served as Pre-Veterinary advisor to hundreds of students in the Five College Consortium of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Smith College and UMass. In 1974 the University presented to him the Animal Science Alumni Award, as a distinguished educator, scientist, counselor and colleague.

      He retired in 1977 as Professor Emeritus and moved to Cape Cod. But as a long time advocate of a veterinary school for New England, he was appointed to the committee to establish the newly approved Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and he served on its admissions committee until 1982.

      In addition to his work and family, he had two other passions. The first was for New England’s Morgan Horse, the first breed of light horse developed in this country. He was instrumental in its breeding programs and its promotion. The second was music. He was an accomplished organist, and for 18 years was organist at the United Church of Christ in Pelham, Massachusetts.

      Dr. Smith is survived by his wife of more than 69 years, Ruth; three sons, Stephen of Stillwater, Mn. David of Grand Rapids, Mich., Robert of Harwich; five grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

      A Memorial Service will be held on July 26, at 2 p.m. at Federated Church of Orleans, 162 Main Street, East Orleans. Memorial contributions may be made to FSH Muscular Dystrophy Society, Inc., c/o BBRI R353, 64 Grove Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or to Veterinary & Animal Science Scholarship, c/o Chairman, Paige Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.
    Buried Aft 20 Jun 2008  Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gilman H. & Cynthia (Chaplin) Smith monument
    Gilman H. & Cynthia (Chaplin) Smith monument

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    RUSSELL E. SMITH
    1917-2008
    HIS WIFE
    RUTH M. GREENWOOD
    1915-2014

    Person ID I119114  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 

    Father SMITH Stephen Eaton,   b. 24 Dec 1878, Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1926, Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Mother FOSTER Avis,   b. 8 Aug 1878, Newry, Oxford, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1967, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1904  Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Family ID F48021  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family GREENWOOD Ruth May,   b. 12 Apr 1915, Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 2014, Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years) 
    Married 1938  Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • (middle name spelled May on birth record and Mae on marriage record.)
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F48163  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
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    2. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #175089612 [Lynn Boss] 1/8/2017.

    3. [S4295] Internet-DB-NEHGS-Mass. VRs, 1841 through 1910, 546:518.

    4. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #168652037 [Lynn Boss] 8/18/2016.

    5. [S6925] Internet-Database-ancestry.com-Massachusetts, Marriage Index, 1901-1955 and 1966-1970 [, Index Volume Number: 119; Reference Number: F63.M36 v.119; 52:525.