Hoosick Township Historical Society

Dr. George E. Smith 1895 - 1945

Dr. George E. Smith was born in Troy, New York in 1895. His parents were Thomas P. Smith and Susan C. Connell. He attended St. Joseph’s Academy and Albany Medical College. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy in World War I as a junior surgeon. For 19 months he served on the U. S. S. South Bend, a troop transport.

Upon discharge he took his internship at Troy Hospital and then came to Hoosick Falls. He opened a medical office and for nearly 25 years served the community in many ways.

He had been a coroner of Rensselaer County, Village Health Officer and School Physician. He was a past Exalted Ruler of the Hoosick Falls 178, B. P. O. Elks, and at his death its Treasurer. Other affiliations were Hoosick Falls No. 40, American Legion, the Hoosick Falls Kiwanis Club of which he was a Past President, the Hoosick Falls Country Club and Holy Name Society. He was instrumental in starting the Hoosick Blood Bank to the area. He was deeply interested in Boy Scouting. He married Miss Mary E. McGrath on June 14, 1926. They had three children, Eleanor, George Robert and John Donald Smith. In a letter dated September 14, 2004 George Robert wrote the following about his father.

Dr. Smith, as he was known by all in Hoosick Falls and surrounding territories, was a GP a general practioner - a term not common in this day of specialized medicine. He made house calls regardless of the time of day or night. He conducted morning, afternoon, and evening office hours in his office in the Thorpe block. I can’t tell you how many times he returned from a call in West Hoosick or Walloomsac and the office phone would be ringing with a request he return to a place no more than a mile from which he had just come. I can hear him now ‘If only I could have a phone in my car it would save so much time.’ Our father was the ultimate sports fan. He would go anywhere to see anything - Hawkins Stadium in Albany to see the Senators or LaSalle field in Troy to see the football Bull Dogs.......He was the ultimate Catholic gentleman. A faithful communicant of Immaculate Conception parish in Hoosick Falls. He will be forever remembered by the stained glass window in the front right side of the church........He was a strong supporter and believer in the Boy Scouts. An avid trout stream fisherman, when he had time - as well as a golfer with varying degrees of skill........... Today the residents of Hoosick Falls and surrounding areas do not have the pleasure of knowing Dr. George E. Smith, one of the truly good guys.

Dr. Smith had a serious heart attach in 1944 at which time he could not work for several months but returned to practice in good health. In June of 1945 he felt tired and went to see Dr. Shaw. His illness was not considered serious but on June 18, 1945 Dr. Smith died.

His funeral was attended by many and was marked by a great profusion of flowers. Dr. Smith was an important part of the Hoosick Falls community.