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Richard N. Smith, 83, Psychiatrist

March 29, 2012
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Richard N. Smith

Richard N. Smith, 83, a psychiatrist who maintained a private practice in child and adult psychiatry and psychoanalysis in Jenkintown for 30 years, died March 12.

A graduate of Central High School, Smith received a scholarship to attend Swarthmore College where he graduated in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in zoology. He earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1957.

Smith served in the U.S. Army as a medical laboratory technician for two years. He was honorably discharged as a corporal.

Smith did his internship at Norristown State Hospital in adult psychiatry from 1958-1961. He then worked at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Unit and the Children's Psychiatry Unit from 1961-1963.

Smith was on the psychiatric staff of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit from 1967-1990 (medical director from 1978-1990). He was also a mental health consultant for Cheltenham Township from 1965-1968, as well as Buckingham Friends School from 1968-1972.

From 1986 to 1993, Smith worked at Albert Einstein Medical Center in the department of psychiatry as a staff psychiatrist, then as assistant director and director of psychiatric services.

He was a consultant to the Jewish Family and Children's Services of Philadelphia from 1986-1989. He began working at Central Montgomery Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in 1993 as a staff psychiatrist until his retirement in 2004.

A longtime benefactor and advisory board member of the Settlement Music School, he played the violin for many years.

Smith is survived by his wife, Doranne Smith; daughter Margo Smith; sons Andrew Leader-Smith and Steve Smith; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be sent to: Settlement Music School, P.O. Box 63966, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3966.

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