Robert W. Smith, M.D., was born in Washington, Iowa on November 5, 1918. He was graduated from Central Missouri State College in 1939 with AB and BS Degrees. In 1941 he was graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Medicine and in 1943 from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He interned at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1943, after which he served a year as a resident in surgery in the same hospital. For the next , two years he was assistant chief of Surgery of the 147th General Hospital at Scolfield Barracks. Dr. Smith attended the Cook County Postgraduate School of Medicine in Chicago in 1958 and was accepted as a fellow in the International College of Surgeons in 1959. In 1962 he was accepted as a member of the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons. He is a staff member of St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City and of Pershing Memorial and is a member of the American Medical Association, the Missouri State Medical Association, Jackson County Medical Society, Grand River Medical Society, Association of Railway Surgeons, and Missouri State Surgical Society.