Dr. Ivor S. SmithFebruary 23,2013
Dr. Ivor S. SmithDr. Ivor S. Smith
WELLS — Ivor Seager Smith, M.D., died at home in Wells, Vermont, on February 21, 2013, after a long illness.
Ivor Smith was born in June of 1933 in Northern Rhodesia, Africa, the son of a British doctor and his wife, Bryan and Dorothy Smith. Sent to England at age 14, he went from Epsom College in Surrey up to Gonville and Caius College Cambridge to study medicine.
After qualifying at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, he moved to Canada to pursue general practice. From there, he moved his young family to Seattle where he became an anesthesiologist.
He practiced in North Carolina and then Boston, where he became a passionate and lifelong advocate and practitioner for the effective treatment of chronic pain. His commitment to innovation led him to use acupuncture and hypnosis in a medical setting, as striking then as it would be now. His book, “OUCH,” was published in June of 2012.
Ivor was, to those who loved him, characterized by his laughter, his tendency to giggle and his ability to make those around him do both. He always had a great story to tell.
He loved books and crosswords, good food and his Westies. He loved many people all over the world and had great friends in Italy, Colombia and England who will miss him.
He leaves behind his great partner in life, Stephanie, with whom he laughed while enjoying many idyllic years in their house in the woods in Wells, Vermont. He leaves four children, three stepdaughters and between them, 12 grandchildren, who will all miss him.
A celebration of Ivor’s life will take place this summer.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Ivor’s name to the Granville Rescue Squad, PO Box 151,Granville, NY, would be appreciated.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M. King Funeral Home, 23 Church St., Granville, NY.
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