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Dr. Horace Earl Smith

As a pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Children's Memorial Hospital and pastor of the Apostolic Faith Church on Chicago's South Side, Dr. Horace E. Smith has treated the bodies and souls of Chicagoans for more than two decades. Born in Chicago on December 10, 1949, Smith lost his mother at age ten and, with his grandmother's guidance, turned to the church to fill the void left by her loss.

Smith earned his B.A. degree with honors from Chicago State University in 1971, before entering the University of Illinois Medical Center. Smith completed residencies and fellowships in pediatric hematology and oncology before becoming an attending pediatrician at Rush Presbyterian Medical Center in 1980. From 1986 on, Smith served as the director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Program at Children's Memorial Hospital, and became recognized worldwide as a leader in his field.

In addition to his career as a pediatrician, Smith became a pastor in 1980 at the Apostolic Faith Church, which he had attended since youth. In 1983, Smith became a district elder, and in August 1997, was elevated to the status of bishop. Smith remained active through his church, assisting with its Boy Scout chapter, helping redevelop the historic Wabash YMCA, leading a $3.3 million church renovation project, and helping reshape the surrounding inner-city neighborhood.

In 1976, Smith married Susan Davenport; the couple had three daughters.

Accession Number

A2003.150

Sex

Male

Archival Photo 1
Interview Date

7/8/2003

Last Name

Smith

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Earl

Schools

Oakenwald Elementary School

Wendell Phillips Academy High School

Robert Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School

Chicago State University

University of Illinois College of Medicine

Benjamin W. Raymond Elementary School

Archival Photo 2
First Name

Horace

Birth City, State, Country

Chicago

HM ID

SMI06

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Illinois

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

Your best days are ahead of you.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Birth Date

12/10/1949

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Ice Cream

Short Description

Pediatric oncologist and bishop Dr. Horace Earl Smith (1949 - ) serves as the director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Program at Children's Memorial Hospital, and is a recognized leader in his field. In addition to his career as a pediatrician, Smith is a bishop in the Apostolic Faith Church.

Employment

Children's Memorial Hospital

Apostolic Faith Church

Favorite Color

Blue

DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Horace Smith interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Horace Smith's favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Horace Smith details his family's history

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Horace Smith remembers his mother

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Horace Smith describes his father, a Chicago police officer

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Horace Smith reflects on his childhood

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Horace recalls his grandmother's influence on his religious exposure

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Horace Smith describes his experiences in grammar school

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Horace Smith describes a mentor from his youth

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Horace Smith describes the positive influence of his childhood pastor

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Horace Smith discusses the difficulties of attending a predominantly white high school

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Horace Smith talks about the social aspects of his high school experience

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Horace Smith remembers his efforts to earn a college scholarship

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Horace Smith describes how his undergraduate experience led him to medical school

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Horace Smith explains why he was discouraged from actively participating in the Civil Rights Movement

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Horace Smith describes the dark moments of the Civil Rights Movement

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Horace Smith describes the rigorous study required in medical school

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Horace Smith describes his experience at medical school

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Horace Smith talks about overcoming adversity and succeeding in medical school

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Horace Smith tells of his initial interest in researching sickle cell anemia

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Horace Smith discusses public misperceptions about sickle cell anemia

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Horace Smith discusses the treatment of sickle cell anemia

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Horace Smith talks about possible cures for sickle cell anemia

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Horace Smith talks about the mortality rate of sickle cell anemia victims

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Horace Smith reflects on his successful career as a hematologist oncologist

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Horace Smith explains why he became a pastor

Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Horace Smith talks about the challenge of balancing his pastorship with his medical practice

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Horace Smith shares his beliefs regarding faith, medicine, and science

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Horace Smith shares questions that challenge his faith

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Horace Smith discusses the role of faith in medicine and healing

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Horace Smith talks about the balance between being a doctor and being a pastor

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Horace Smith shares his hopes and concerns for the black community

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Horace Smith discusses his legacy

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Horace Smith has no regrets about his life

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Horace Smith shares how he would like to be remembered

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Publicity photograph of Horace Smith, ca. 1993

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Horace Smith's grandmother, Alberta Pryor

Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Horace Smith's high school graduation picture from Robert Lindblom Technical High School, Chicago, 1967

Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Horace Smith, his siblings Albert Jr. and Geraldine, and an unidentified woman celebrate his completion of medical school, Chicago, 1975

Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Horace Smith, his daughters (left to right) Rachel, Emily and Lauren and his wife, Susan Davenport, 2001

Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Horace Smith and his wife, Susan Davenport with their wedding party, Chicago, 1976

Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Horace Smith, his daughters (left to right) Rachel, Emily and Lauren and his wife, Susan Davenport in Hawaii, ca. 1990

Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Horace Smith and (left to right) daughters Rachel and Lauren, wife Susan Davenport, and daughter Emily at the Great Wall of China, 2002

Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Horace Smith with his grandfather and father, Albert Smith, Sr. at Apostolic Faith Church, Indiana Ave., Chicago, 1980-1981

Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Horace Smith and his wife, Susan Davenport, at his ordination as pastor of the Apostolic Faith Church, Chicago, 1980

Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - Horace Smith's parents, Albert Smith Sr. and Shirley Rhone Smith, on their wedding day ca. 1947

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Photo - Childhood portrait of Horace Smith with his oldest brother Albert Smith, Jr., 1951

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Photo - Horace Smith and his siblings with Santa Claus ca. 1957

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Photo - Horace Smith graduation portrait from Wendell Phillips Upper Grade Center, Chicago, 1963

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Photo - Horace Smith at a reception after completing medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, 1975

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Horace Smith with his siblings, his niece and an unidentified girl, Chicago, ca. 1956

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Horace Smith preaching at the Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago, 1980

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Horace Smith and his wife, Susan Davenport at his ordination as Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., Indianapolis, 1998

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Horace Smith with family friends in Hawaii, not dated