Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
William Duncan Smith, M.D.
For more than three decades
Dr. William D. Smith has been identified with the medical profession,
each year bringing him broader knowledge and greater efficiency, and
Edmonton numbers him among its foremost surgeons and gynecologists. He
was born in Plantagenet, Ontario, in 1863, and in the paternal line is
of English descent, while his maternal ancestors were of Scotch lineage.
His father, Henry Smith, was born in Martintown, Ontario, in 1833, and
was married in that province in 1862, to Isabella McMartin. His death
occurred in Ontario, in 1919, when he had reached the advanced age of
eighty-six years. The mother is living.
The public schools of
Plantagenet, Ontario, afforded William Duncan Smith his early
educational opportunities and he afterward attended the Kingston (Ont.)
Institute. He next became a student in the medical department of McGill
University at Montreal, from which he was graduated in 1890, and then
spent a year as house surgeon at the Montreal General Hospital. He began
his professional career at Richmond, Quebec, but remained there for only
a year and then opened an office in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where he
successfully followed his profession for fourteen years. He devoted his
attention chiefly to surgical cases and for several years was a member
of the surgical staff of the Sherbrooke Protestant Hospital. In 1906 he
came to this province and has since made his home in Edmonton, where he
has built up a large practice as a surgeon and gynecologist. He has been
very successful in the treatment of women's diseases and has developed
expert skill in surgery.
Dr. Smith was married at
Montreal, Quebec, March 26, 1893, to Miss Mary Eleanor Kate Ibbotson, a
daughter of Colonel W. C. Ibbotson, deceased. Dr. and Mrs. Smith have a
son, Hubert Duncan Smith, who was born in 1894, and who enlisted for
service in the World War, becoming a lieutenant in the Signal Corps of
the Nineteenth Alberta Dragoons, and was ordered to France in the fall
of 1915. He participated in several important engagements and was
severely wounded by a shell in battle. He remained overseas until the
close of the war and since his return to Edmonton has again assumed the
rank of lieutenant. Dr. and Mrs. Smith also have a daughter: Eileen, now
Mrs. James McQueen, of Hanna, Alberta.
Dr. Smith is a
Conservative in his political views and in religious faith he is a
Presbyterian, He is a Master Mason and also has membership in the
Edmonton Club, while his professional relations are with the Edmonton
Academy of Medicine, of which he served as president in 1911, the
Alberta Medical Association, and the Canadian Medical Association. He is
an exponent of all that is highest and most advanced in his profession,
and prompted by broad humanitarian principles, he puts forth earnest and
effective effort in behalf of humanity.
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