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Dr James Mervin Smith

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Dr James Mervin Smith

  • Birth 9 Sep 1916 Williamstown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 24 Oct 2004 Topsham, Sagadahoc County, Maine, USA
  • Burial Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 9718416

Dr. James Mervin Smith, formerly of Carlisle, departed this life October 24 in Topsham, Maine.

He was the son of The Rev. Mervin Elmer Smith and Mary Heiges Smith.

Dr. Smith grew up in New Freedom and graduated from New Freedom High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Gettysburg College and a Doctor of Medicine from Temple University.

He served honorably in the United States Navy for 12 years. During World War II he was the medical officer aboard the USS Evans and received the Presidential Unit Citation for service on May 11, 1945 when the Evans was attacked by over 100 kamikazes while on radar picket duty off Okinawa. In Korea, he served aboard the hospital ship USS Consolation.

Dr. Smith was an intern and resident at the Bethesda Naval Hospital and Receiving Hospital in Detroit. While in the Navy he served at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital and Saint Albans in NYC.

He was Chief of Pathology for the Carlisle Hospital from 1959 to 1981 and previously served as the pathologist at the York Hospital (PA), and the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He founded the Tri-County Pathological Society of PA and was the Cumberland (PA) County Coroner for many years.

An active member of the Carlisle community, Dr. Smith served on the Carlisle School Board in the 1970s, was a long time member of Rotary and was an avid supporter of the Bosler Free Library and the Carlisle YWCA. In retirement, he became an excellent woodworker, learning his skill at the Carlisle High School; he created many fine furniture pieces for his family and friends. He enjoyed golf, fishing and hunting, was an insatiable reader and an accomplished raconteur.

Survivors include his brother Paul Heiges Smith of Timonium MD; his daughters, Barbara Smith Norton of Brunswick, ME and Janet Smith Levy of Dayton OH; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte Waltemyer Smith and sisters, Katharine Mae Smith and Marion Elizabeth Hartenstein.


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  • Created by: Just another taphophile
  • Added: 27 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9718416
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr James Mervin Smith (9 Sep 1916–24 Oct 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9718416, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Just another taphophile (contributor 46513469) .