Dr. Frank Smith '36 Sc.D. '69 passed away Sept. 22 at his home in Pebble Beach, Calif. Dr. Smith had been ill for an extended period of time. The memorial service for will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y.
Dr. Smith served on the Board of Trustees from 1970-85 and has remained an Honorary Trustee from 1985 until the present. He was a member of the Statesmen Hall of Fame, Class of 1998, and the Dr. Frank P. Smith '36 Squash Center at the Elliott Varsity House, which was dedicated in 1998, was made possible through his generosity. He received the Hobart Alumni Association Citation in 1964.
Dr. Frank Pye Smith was born on October 22, 1915, in Rochester, NY. In 1932 he graduated from Charlotte High School, where he played soccer, tennis, golf and basketball. He was also senior class president, president of the student's association and a member of the National Honor Society. At Hobart he was elected to Epsilon Pi Sigma and Phi Delta Sigma honorary societies and he earned freshman and sophomore honors. He was also active in the Debate and International Relations Clubs, the Herald and Little Theatre. He graduated cum laude in 1936 with a B.S. degree in chemistry and math. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
Dr. Smith played both basketball and lacrosse during his undergraduate days, but is considered to be the “Father of Squash” at Hobart. His passion for the sport of squash is second to none.
After an internship at Strong Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Smith entered the United States Army Medical Corps in 1942. He served with Patton's Third Army and rose to commander of the medical unit. Dr. Smith received three Battle Stars and a Purple Heart and was discharged in 1946 as a Captain. He returned to the University of Rochester in 1949 as an instructor in neurology and assistant surgeon and became chairman of the Division of Neurological Surgery by 1954, a position he held until 1974. He then moved to California and started a private practice.
In 1985 he was elected president of the California Neurosurgical Association. Throughout his life, Dr. Smith was an outstanding player and a nationally recognized ambassador of squash. He captained the U.S. team in the 1965 Lapham Cup-Grant Trophy Contest against Canada. In 1979 he was a finalist in the 60+ age group. In 1986-87 he was a national champion in the 70+ age group and was ranked number one. He was inducted into the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association (NISRA) Hall of Fame in 1994. He is a former director of NISRA.
His wife Ruth passed away in 1994 and he has two children, Susan and Frank Jr.