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Dr. Smith H. Gibson

Dr. Smith H. Gibson, 94, of Edgewood, went to be with the Lord at his home on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, which was his 71st Wedding Anniversary. Born in Evarts, Kentucky in 1923, Smith served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1943-1946. He attended Berea College before being drafted, then after WWII, he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from University of Kentucky in 1946 and his Doctor of Medicine from University of Louisville in 1950. In medical school, Smith was named Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and was accepted into Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. He served his internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington and later had a general medical practice in Williamstown, KY. He served his fellowship in Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic. From 1957 until his retirement in 2015, Dr. Gibson owned a private practice of Dermatology in Covington. He is past president of Kentucky and Cincinnati Dermatological Societies and Grant County Medical Society. He was part-time attending staff at University of Cincinnati Department of Dermatology for many years, with numerous assignments in teaching, mentoring, and committee responsibilities. He revived and led the monthly Archives Journal Club from 1975-2005. He has previously reviewed articles for the International Journal of Dermatology. Smith served as a member of the founding committee organizing the Mayo O’Leary Society, 2004. He was chosen for entry in Vol. 1 Dermographies in June 2004, edited by Benjamin Barrankin, Community Books, Lockeport, N.S. He published several peer-reviewed articles in dermatology prior to 1980. Smith has been honored with several accolades including Excellence in Teaching awards in 1988 and 1994, the first ever designation as Clinical Professor Emeritus in 1998, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, all in the Department of Dermatology. He has been commended by both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Kentucky Legislature for his long and faithful service to the patients of Northern Kentucky. Smith and his wife, Lucille, are devoted Christians who understand science as the corollary of Creation. They support numerous religions and charitable organizations, and between the Mayo Clinic and the Universities of Cincinnati and Louisville, they have endowed two Research Fellowships, four Lectureships, one Professorship, and named a Chair in Medicine. In community service, Smith was a founder of the Taylor Mill Swim Club and is a past member of the Taylor Mill Water Commission. He taught an adult bible Sunday school class for over 50 years and chaired numerous committees at Latonia Baptist Church. He enjoyed classical music, antiques, and traveling with his wife Lucille.

Dr.Gibson is preceded in death by his daughter, Ruth Ann Gibson, as well as brothers & sisters. He is survived by his loving wife, Lucille Holmes Gibson; 2 sons, Bill (Janet) Gibson and Dr. Larry (Dr. Rokea el Azhary) Gibson; two daughters, Nancy (Jerry) Clevenger and Laura (Kevin) Madden; son-in-law, Michael Lundberg; 3 sisters, Carrie Elliott, Elizabeth Carroll, and Kathy Bailey; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 10AM until the celebration of life service at 12 Noon - all at Latonia Baptist Church. Interment at the convenience of the family at Centerville Cemetery in Lee’s Creek, Ohio.

Memorials to Latonia Baptist Church, 3800 Church Street, Latonia, KY 41015; University of Cincinnati Smith & Lucille Gibson Endowment; and Nancy Middleton Smith Professorship; or University of Cincinnati Foundation in care of Smith Gibson Lectureship, P.O. Box 19970, Cincinnati, OH 45219-0970.

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