Monday, June 16, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 6

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 6

~Most of my genealogy work is on my paternal grandparents and maternal grandparents, mainly because my husband’s tree is some-what difficult because of the last name SMITH- very difficult to trace. However, throughout these 52 weeks, I do have a couple of Smith’s that I’m going to be writing about J

Francis Morse Smith (1920-1985)- My husband’s grandfather
(a.k.a.- Dr. Walter Morse Smith)

Dr. Walter M. Smith

Birth:           21 Mar 1920         Oakland, Alameda, California
Death:          17 Jul 1985           La Mesa, San Diego, California

                    Age: 65

Parents:       Walter Allen Smith (1884-1926) &
                              Violet Claire Brown (1879-1965)

Francis had 1 older brother- Walter Allen Smith Jr. (1918-?)
Walter Sr., and sons

Behind the name change:
Francis started going by Walter in grade school when his father died. I don’t know if ever legally changed it to Walter, but since he basically took his brother’s name, Walter Jr. went by his middle name, Allen.

1920 (birth):         Oakland, California
1930 (age 10):       Mecca, Riverside, California
1945 (age 25):      Berkeley, Alameda, California
1945 (age 25):      Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska
1948 (age 28):      San Diego, California
1985 (age 65):      La Mesa, San Diego, California

Eagle Scout:
Walter received his Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts about 1933 at the age of 13. He was honored and in the local newspaper for his profound achievement.

Eagle Scount- age 13

Walter graduated from UC Berkeley and then graduated from medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1945.

Walter at Creighton University

After graduating from medical school, Walter used his talents as a flight surgeon in the Army Air Corp during World War II.


Walter married on 19 Jun 1948 in San Diego, California. (Bride’s name is disclosed because she is still alive). They had 3 sons- Walter, Paul and David.

Walter and his bride on their wedding day- Love this picture

More pictures of Walter:

 I unfortunately didn't get to meet Walter, but he seemed like a very ambitious and hard working individual. 

At the young age of 65, Walter died in 1985 due to a pulmonary embolus due to a cerebral hemorrhage due to diabetic atherosclerosis.

Walter is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in La Mesa, San Diego, California.

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