SMITH, Beverly Jill Anita, 69, of Wheeling, died Thursday, October 7th of natural causes. She was pre-deceased by her parents Beverly Kay Smith and Dr. David H. Smith of Canada.
She is survived by her six siblings, Robyn Hammond, of Ontario, Canada; Scott Smith, of Wheeling and his wife, Holli; Lisa Smith, of Wheeling; Pamela Smith, of Durango, Colorado; Duane Smith, of Arcata, CA; and Sean Smith, of Arlington, VA., and eight nieces and nephews, Lauren, Natalie, Derek and Morgan Smith; Michael Hammond and his wife Kimberly Corante; Andrew Hammond and his wife Brittney; David S. Hammond; and Pearl Smith.
Bev was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1952. Bev’s parents, Kay and David, emigrated to the United States in 1955 and came to live in Wheeling in 1961 when David joined the Wheeling Clinic. Bev attended Wheeling Country Day School and Mount de Chantal Academy. After graduating from the Mount in 1970, she attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1972, and Albany Medical College, where she received her degree as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1976. She completed her residency in Cooperstown, NY at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in 1981.
Bev practiced as a surgeon at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA and later on the island of Guam and in Kenya. During her time in Kenya, she discovered that her medical knowledge could be combined with her fascination with different cultures and was inspired to continue her education in pursuit of a doctorate in medical anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in 2001 from Southern Methodist University and remained committed to the field for the rest of her life. She taught at West Virginia University from 2000 through 2014 and attended numerous anthropology conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. She was published several times in academic journals, including her most recent article “M*A*S*H and its Metaphors,” published in the Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities in 2016.
Her endless curiosity and tireless pursuit of new experiences took her on many adventures abroad. She traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, and east Asia. In the last several years after her retirement, she was able to return to travel and visited Italy, South Africa, and the Galapagos Islands. Bev was passionate about numerous things including art, music, literature, film, nature, bird watching, swimming, political activism, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins. During her many years in Wheeling, Bev worked at Catholic Charities of West Virginia, where she had many close friends, and was a daily caretaker for her two parents whom she cherished and talked about often.
She adored her nieces and nephews and instilled in them a love of learning, dedication to keeping an open mind, commitment to kindness and morality, and an appreciation of nature and beauty. Bev was famous for her fiery zeal, her incredible intellect, her unique sense of humor, her drive to educate and be educated, her independent spirit, and her devotion to those around her. She will be missed by all who crossed her path, especially her family that she loved dearly.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Bev’s memory to Open Field (an organization supporting youth in Cameroon), the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute for Alzheimers Research, the American Cancer Society, and Amnesty International. Online condolences may be offered to the family at