Stephen A. Smith, M.D. was born on May 25, 1941 and passed away peacefully on February 18, 2018.
Born in Portland, Oregon, to Esther and Addison Smith. Preceded in death by his parents and younger sister, Johanna. Survived by his loving wife, Teresa Maki; Children, Christine Spangler, Stephen Smith, Bradley Smith and stepsons, Mathew and Luke Jacobsen; and 12 grandchildren.
Dr. Smith was Medical Director, Neuromuscular Program, Gillette Children's Specialty Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was also Neuropathologist at Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Senior Clinical Instructor, Neuromuscular Neurology, Children's Hospital Colorado Springs, Colorado; Consultant Child and Adult Neuromuscular Diseases, Parkview Medical Center, Pueblo, Colorado; and Neuromuscular Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Parkview Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado. His medical education and experiences span decades. Dr. Smith will be cremated per his wishes and a memorial service will take place in Pueblo, Colorado and Minnesota at a future date. In lieu of flowers; please send donations in memory of Dr. Stephen A. Smith to Teresa Maki at 150 W. Mangrum Ct., Pueblo West, CO., 81007.
Steve Smith was a perfectionist. He performed and interpreted muscle and nerve biopsies and performed and interpreted electron microscopy on the specimens obtained with consummate skill and exactitude. He was my faculty mentor during my pediatric neurology fellowship at the University of Minnesota 1981-1984. Steve taught me these skills. Unfortunately, his perfection could apparently not be taught.
Steve was a superlative clinician. His focus of interest was in neuromuscular disease. He was an astute observer and analyst. Steve was quite easy going and personable. Many neuromuscular patients and their families attest to how he addressed their anxieties and was able to give them strength to persevere. Steve had a ready smile and he was very affable with his colleagues.
Steve was active in his practice until he was taken from us by surprise. In the realm of neuromuscular disease, he stood very tall in Minnesota.