Robert Thornton Smith

Published 3:51 pm Friday, November 8, 2013

Robert Thornton Smith, M.D., 69, of Huntsville died Thursday, Oct. 31 in Orlando, Fla.

He graduated from Marion Military Institute in 1962 and attended one year of college there. He was valedictorian of his high school class, second battalion commander of cadets and White Knight drill team commander. He received a B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and an M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. He completed an internship and residency at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.

He served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force Systems Command, Eastern Test Range.

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He received his board certification in diagnostic radiology in 1977. From 1977-2013, he was a member of Radiology of Huntsville, and during this time he served as Chief, Division of Radiology, Huntsville Hospital and Medical Director, Huntsville Hospital School of Radiology.

He was a member of the Marion Military Institute Board of Trustees, American College of Radiology, Radiologic Society of North America, Alabama College of Radiology, Madison County Medical Society and the Medical Association State of Alabama.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalie M. Smith; three daughters, Martha (Paul) Keane, Robyn (Jay) Berkenbilt, and Melissa (Jerry) Schneider; five grandchildren, Robert Keane, Brendan Keane, Corey Berkenbilt, Lila Berkenbilt and Lawson Schneider; and brother, Richard C. (Debbie) Smith. He was also loved by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at St. Wilfrid’s Episcopal Church in Marion with internment to follow. In addition, a memorial service will be held in Huntsville at Laughlin Funeral Home on Monday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hunstville Hospital Foundation, 101 Sivley Road, Huntsville, AL 35801.

Pallbearers will be Paul Keane, Jay Berkenbilt, Jerry Schneider, Irby Pope, Mike Gratz and Burnie Quick.

Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel directing.