John Smith


Dr. John H. Smith died Sunday, Sept. 5 surrounded by his loving family after a long illness, at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House.

Celebration of Christian Burial for John Smith, M.D., 81, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf, Iowa. Visitation will be Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at church. A private burial will be held at a later date at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.  Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

John Humma Smith was born Sept. 29, 1928 in Louisville, Ky., son of Clarence and Mary Humma Smith.  He was united in marriage to Beverly Vance in 1956 in Louisville, Ky.  Dr. Smith received a B.A. in science from Notre Dame, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1950-52. After returning from service, he attended the University of Indiana Law School from 1952-55, University of Louisville Medical School 1955-58, served his medical internship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics 1959-60, and completed his urology residency there as well from 1960-63.

Dr. Smith was a member of numerous associations and societies, including the American Medical Association, Iowa Medical Association, Scott County Medical Society, and the American Urology Association. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the medical staff at the former St. Luke’s and Mercy Hospitals, and was consulting medical staff at Muscatine General Hospital.


He was published in and co-authored articles in multiple medical journals and publications. He also served on many civic and medical committees as well as serving on numerous boards, including both former St. Luke’s and Mercy Hospitals. Dr. Smith was very generous with his time and talents, serving his local community and the medical community as well. One highlight of his medical career was establishing the first office-based outpatient surgery center in the Midwest.

His hobbies included writing, hunting, tennis, enjoying the outdoors and working in his yard.  He always looked forward to reunions in Kentucky and Colorado with his immediate family and relatives.

Those left to honor his memory include his beloved wife of 54 years, Beverly, and daughters, Mary-Vance “Muffy” Smith of Bettendorf, Iowa, Barbara Karen (Scott) Lewis, Boise, Idaho, Julia (David) Lucas, Tacoma, Wash., and son Paul (Susan) Smith, Olathe, Kan. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren — Robert, Kaitlyn, Madeline, and Julia Lewis; Jackson, Caroline, and Ellie Smith; and Claire and John Lucas.  He was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Smith, his parents, and a brother, Clarence Smith. He will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends, and his loyal dog, "Sadie".

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the following organizations in his name: St John’s Vianney Church, Clarissa Cook Hospice House, or the charity of your choice. 

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Dr. Smith’s obituary at

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