Dr. Donald Cameron Smith was born on the 5th of February, 1922 in Peterborough, Ontario, the son of Dr. James Cameron Smith and the former Jean Leighton. He was the youngest of 4 children. His siblings were; Douglas, Lula and James (who died at the age of 8 weeks). His mother died when he was not quite 5 years old. Dr. Smith’s father’s medical practice was located in the community of Lakefield, Ontario.
Dr. Donald Cameron Smith graduated from Lakefield High School before attending Queens University in Kingston. He received his medical degree in 1945. Dr. Smith interned at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served from February 1946 until August of 1947 attaining the rank of Surgeon Lieutenant. Upon his discharge he spent one year at the Banting Institute doing research. In 1948 Dr. Smith received his M.Sc. (Med.) from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and his D.H.P. in 1949, also from The University of Toronto.
Dr. Smith held the position of Assistant Medical Officer of Health for East York with the Leaside Health Unit from June of 1949 until June of 1950. He moved to Chatham and assumed the position of Medical Officer of Health and Director of the Kent County Health Unit on the 24th of July, 1950. Dr. Smith held this position until December of 1951.
In January of 1952, Dr. Smith moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a fellowship in Paediatrics at the University of Michigan. From January of 1956 to July of 1957 he was the the Assistant Professor of Maternal Medicine and Child Health and Clinical Instructor in Paediatrics at the University of Michigan. From July of 1957 until June of 1961 he was the Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Research Associate in Paediatrics. And since July of 1961 until 1978 he was the Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the Medical School and School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Smith was married to the former Jean Morningstar in 1946. She was raised in Blenheim and together they had 3 sons; Douglas, Scot and Donald.
Dr. Smith wore many hats over the course of his career including Chairman of the State Board of Health, Chief Medical Advisor to the Sisters of Mercy Health Care Corporation and Director of the Michigan Department of Mental Health. Dr. Smith was a consultant to the World Health Organization in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and to the Ford Foundation in South Korea. He also served on the Board of the Washtenaw County Historical Society and the Ann Arbor Commission on Children and Youth.
In his spare time, Dr. Smith enjoyed playing golf and studying World War I and World War II.
Dr. Smith died in Ann Arbor on the 5th of February, 2014.