Dr. Bobby Long Smith

May 5, 1928March 12, 2021

Bobby Long Smith, M.D., 92, a resident of Bridgewater Home and formerly of Norfolk, VA, died March 12, 2021.

A son of the late Henry Floyd and Lesta F. Long Smith, he was born on May 5, 1928 in the North River community in Rockingham County, VA.

Bob graduated from Bridgewater College in 1949 and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1953. He then served in the U.S. Air Forces as a General Medical Officer in Japan from 1954 until 1956. He served as chief of the OB section of the Ashiya Air Base, delivering as many as five babies daily.

Bob also did Anesthesiology Residency at the Medical College of Virginia from 1962-1963 and at Duke University from 1963-1964. He was one of the founding members of Julius J. Snyder M.D. and Associates, Inc, (now Atlantic Anesthesia Inc.) in Norfolk VA. As the Group’s Corporate Treasurer and Board Member for 33 years, he was the managing executive for this very successful anesthesia group. The Group grew from 7 MDs to 27 MDs under his leadership. He was well respected by all of his medical colleagues and friends.

On September 12, 1958 he married Jacquelyn Cartwright Smith who preceded him in death on January 27, 1999. An avid sailor, he and Jackie enjoyed many fine days on the Chesapeake Bay and tributaries.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, F. Everette Smith and Ben Smith; and his sister, Hazel Smith Diehl. He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren.

His body will be cremated at Lindsey Cremation Chapel in Harrisonburg. There will be no services. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, VA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 895 Jefferson St, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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William Pidgeon

March 15, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Dr Smith at Norfolk General for many years. He was so good with patients and coworkers alike. When I walked in the O.R. And saw that Dr. Smith was part of the team I knew it would be a good day. Rest In Peace special man.

Diana Cerny

March 15, 2021

I have such fond memories of Dr Smith, when I worked at Norfolk General. He was a wonderful man, teacher and anesthesiologist. I would take the stairs up to the OR and I’d smell his cigar, it always made me smile. Rest In Peace, and God bless. With deepest condolences
Diana Smithwick Cerny

John Anton

March 15, 2021

I loved working with Dr Smith he was always in a good mood, very competent and professional I was always glad to see him working on the case that I was on. Dr. Smith always had a good story to tell I enjoyed his stories and will miss him.

Antonio Martinez

March 15, 2021

Dr. Smith was my dad's colleague from the earliest days of their practice in Norfolk. On many occasions I heard my dad speak fondly of 'Bob Smith' and it was clear that he held him in the highest possible professional and personal regard. Theirs was an era of a strong work ethic and professional dedication and I'd venture to say it was instrumental in creating the medical excellence which we now take for granted.

Warm regards to his family and Godspeed Dr. Smith.
The Martinez Family

Julie Shank

March 15, 2021

I am so sorry to read of the passing of Dr. Bob. I know he will be missed by many people. He was such a generous man that gave so freely to others. One of my favorite memories is our time celebrating Veterans Day festivities together.