Smith Jr., Dr. Carter
Carter Smith, Jr. died on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. He and his twin sister Prudden were born on December 15, 1933 to Drs. William Carter Smith and Sue Pruden Smith. Carter attended E Rivers School, North Fulton High School, and McAleigh School, graduating with honors in 1952. He has always credited his two years at McCalley as setting him on the path to his career and success in life. Carter went to Emory University where he majored in history and was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Order and chair of the Pledge class. He graduated in 1956 and transferred to Emory Medical School. He met the love of his life, Laura Barclay Walthal, while in medical school, and they married on October 15, 1960, in New York City after graduating the previous June.
Carter and Laura spent two years in Boston while Carter did an internship at Boston City Hospital followed by an appointment as a Research Fellow in Cardiology at Peter Bennett Brigham Hospital at Harvard Medical School in 1961-1962. They then moved to New York City where Carter spent three years at New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center for his residency in internal medicine, one year as a resident assistant responsible for patient care and two years in rotation on subspecialties. He and Laura returned to Atlanta in June 1965 where they began the second year of their cardiology fellowship at Grady Memorial Hospital.
In March 1966, Carter joined the US Army Medical Corps as a commander and served as chief of cardiology and internal medicine at Ft. Carson, Army Hospital CO for two years. Received the Military Commendation Medal for outstanding medical performance and patient care. In March 1968, Carter and Laura returned to Atlanta where he joined the Smith, Stone, Neely, Browner & Burns Clinic specializing in the practice of internal medicine and cardiology. A few years later, he practiced with the Colony Medical Group and Doctors. William (Ben) Spearman, Carlos (Al) Stewart and John Carr. In addition, he was a staff member of the Piedmont Hospital. He was an active member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Georgia Heart Association, the Georgia and Atlanta Medical Societies, and the Atlanta Clinical Society. He served as president of the Atlanta Alumni Medical Association and president of the Southeastern Medical Club. He has served on the boards of Atlanta Landmarks/Save the Fox, the Lake Rabun Association, the Piedmont Driving Club, the Piedmont Hospital Foundation, and the Shepherd Center Foundation, and has been active in the Inquiry Club, the Leadership of Atlanta and the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
Carter had a passion for practicing medicine and was known for his blink of an eye and gentle bedside manner. He was always kind and made old-fashioned house calls, following a tradition he learned from accompanying his father on house calls in his youth. In addition to his family and friends, Carter is dedicated to McCalley School and Emory School of Medicine, spending time and energy as an ambassador to support both. He received the McCalley School Alumni Achievement Award in 2017, from the Emory Medical College Alumni Association, the Honor Award in 2014 and the Judson C. Ward “Golden Heart of Jake” Award in 2017. He was instrumental in creating Carter Smith, Sr., Head of Department Internal Medicine at Emory College of Medicine as well as James Edgar Paulin, M.D. . and Henry Cliff (Jake) Soles, MD, chairs of internal medicine. One of his greatest accomplishments was the publication in 2021 of his book The Enduring Legacy of James Edgar Paullin, which honors these three giants of early medicine in Atlanta.
An old member of the Homosassa Fishing Club who had first visited as a boy with his father, loved nothing better than fishing trips with family and friends as well as spending time at the trout creek. He fished all over South Georgia, and with his good friend Ben Spearman made weekly trips to Fish Hawk and Chuck’s Firearms in Buckhead. He was very proud to be named Buckhead Boy of the Year in 2018.
After retirement, Carter and Laura traveled a lot in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and China, and when they didn’t travel, they welcomed family and friends into their Rapun Lake home.
He was a devoted husband to Laura, a proud and loving father to daughters Alison Smith Freeland and Tinsley Carter Smith, and devoted “Papa” to his beloved grandchildren Brooke Alice Freeland and Carter Lockwood Freeland.
Carter died by his parents, Sue and Carter Smith, Sr. his sisters Prudden and Swain Smith; and his infant son, Carter Smith III. He is survived by Laura, his 62-year-old wife; his daughters, Tinsley Carter Smith and Alison Smith Freeland (Jock); grandchildren Brooke and Carter Vreeland; and several cousins of Hopkins and Pittman.
A memorial service will take place at 10am on Friday 23 September 2022 at St Philip’s Cathedral with a reception following family and friends at the Piedmont Leadership Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Emory College of Medicine Carter Smith, Sr., chief of internal medicine (www.together.emory.edu/giving) in memory of Carter Smith Jr., MD; McCali School (www.mccallie.org) in memory of Carter Smith, Jr., MD class of 1952; The Shepherd Center Foundation (www.shepherd.org/giving/ways-to-give) in memory of Carter Smith Jr., MD; Or the charity of your choice.