Robert & Sheila Smith

Dr. Robert S. Smith ’61, P’87, and Sheila Smith P’87

“I always wanted to be a doctor,” Dr. Robert (Bob) Smith ’61, P’87, remembers. “I even wrote to the American Cancer Society when I was 10 and told them I had a suggestion for finding the cure for cancer!”

Ultimately choosing to specialize in another area, Bob enjoyed a 34-year career as an obstetrician/gynecologist, had countless patients, and delivered 7,000 babies.

Now, in retirement, Bob and his wife, the former Sheila Rabinowitz, are loyal donors to the Franklin & Marshall Fund. They also have a bequest intention to create a financial aid endowed scholarship fund, and a charitable gift annuity, which will ultimately support F&M’s Department of Biology.

Overlapping his final year at F&M, Bob earned his medical degree from New York University and interned at Mt. Sinai Hospital. He was a resident at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and then Vanderbilt University Medical Center, following two years in the U.S. Air Force.

The Smiths married in 1961 and settled in New Hartford, N.Y., where they still live. They raised three children (one of whom, Jenn, is an alumna), and Bob retired in 2004.

He credits Franklin & Marshall College with putting him on the path to a successful life.

“We give to F&M because it was the stepping stone to get me into medical school,” he recalls. “I feel gratitude. Without the College, I believe I wouldn’t have had the life I have enjoyed.”

Originally from East Orange, N.J., Bob chose to attend F&M in part because he was granted a Nevonian Scholarship, which covered 25 percent of the cost of his education. He was a member of Zeta Beta Tau, was on the track team during his freshman year, and majored in biology. He fondly remembers professors Harry Lane and Arthur Shively.

“I feel good about giving to the College, about helping today’s students,” Bob says, “because Franklin & Marshall helped get me where I am today.”

To learn how to craft your own legacy at F&M, or for more information about charitable gift annuities, bequests and scholarship funds, contact Mary Ann M. Cooke, J.D. ’90, director of gift planning, at or 717-358-4821.