UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the John M. Smith, Jr. Collection



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Smith, John M. (Marvin), Jr., 1914 - 2003
Title: John M. Smith, Jr. Collection
Inclusive dates: 1882 – 1998
Abstract: John M. (Marvin) Smith, Jr. was a family physician in San Antonio who was heavily Involved in civic affairs and was instrumental in the establishment of the medical school in San Antonio. The John M. Smith, Jr. , M.D. Collection consists of correspondence and newspaper clippings that provide background and insight into the funding, decisions, and work that went into the creation of the school, other civic projects Dr. Smith was involved in, and the history of the Smith and Burleson families.
Identification: MS 26
Extent: 4 boxes, 2.25 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English
Repository University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Biographical Note

Dr. John M. Smith, Jr., was born to John M. Smith and Willie V. Burleson Smith on June 14, 1914, in Burleson County, Texas. He expired on March 16, 2003, in San Antonio, TX, where he had resided for 8 decades.

Dr. Smith was a graduate of Main Avenue High School, North Texas State University and Tulane University School of Medicine, receiving his Doctor of Medicine in 1940. After two years of post-graduate medical training, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps. His unit, established as a general hospital, deployed a tent hospital in the dunes above Normandy Beach to care for the wounded from the liberation of France. With France secured, the unit occupied a 3000 bed facility in Metz, becoming the principal facility to receive the casualties from the Battle of the Bulge.

Upon returning to the United States, Major Smith married Jane Jordan of Victoria, Texas. They began married life in El Paso where he was assigned to the William Beaumont Hospital, Ft. Bliss, Texas. Returning to San Antonio, he established a private practice. Dr. Smith was appointed to head a committee of the Bexar County Medical Society to study the health needs of the city. This early involvement in community affairs was indicative of the commitment to civic betterment that was to characterize his life. These initial activities lead to participation in the San Antonio Medical Foundation, which ultimately proved successful in establishing and developing the South Texas Medical Center.

Dr. Smith was a leader in the efforts to secure passage of House Bill 9 in 1959, the legislation that established The University of Texas South Texas Medical School at San Antonio, the institution that is today the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. As a member of the Texas State Board of Health, he also helped to secure extra Hill-Burton federal funds to complete construction of the Medical School building. The year the Texas Legislative passed the bill, Dr. Smith was voted the Most Outstanding Citizen of San Antonio for his efforts in securing passage of the legislation. Other entities in the Medical Center have evidence of Dr. Smith's involvement in their creation including the Methodist Hospital, the Cancer Therapy Research Center, The University Hospital and others.

Testimony to Dr. Smith's lifelong involvement in the affairs of his community, state and his profession is underscored by his having served as the President or Chairman of the following: Bexar County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, San Antonio Medical Foundation, Texas Medical Foundation, American Medical Association PAC, Texas State Board of Health and Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees. His honors include: Distinguished Service Award of the American Medical Association, Distinguished Service Award of the Texas Medical Association, The Golden Aesculepesis Award of the Bexar County Medical Society, C.D. Taylor Award of the Tulane University Medical School and Distinguished Alumnus of North Texas University. He was also honored with the Benefactor's medal as one of six individuals who helped the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in its early years and "are responsible, in a principal way, for its success."

In spite of the amount of time spent on civic affairs, Dr. Smith was an exceptional physician and surgeon whose career spanned over 55 years. He was revered by his patients who represented a cross section of the most and the least privileged citizens. They were all treated with the same compassion and attentiveness. His longevity in practice was witnessed by families with multiple generations whom he had delivered, taken out their appendices, set their broken arms, treated their heart attacks and talked to their children like a Dutch uncle. His family and friends referred to him by several appellations including "Big John" and "Chopper", the latter indicative of his bull dog manner which could alternate between a growl and affectionate tail wagging.

Doctor Smith took great pride in both his profession and his family. This included those who secured the freedom of the Republic of Texas and participated in its initial governance. The fact that health education and health care became such an important part of San Antonio in a social and economic sense was a great source of pride for him.

In recognition of their father's lifetime of leadership and service to the state, his four children established the John M. Smith, Jr., MD Professorship in Family Practice at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Sources:

(The above text was taken from the Dr. John M. Smith, Jr. Professorship in Family Practice webpage located at //familymed.uthscsa.edu/admin08/endowments/smith_history.asp)


Scope and Contents

The John M. Smith, Jr. M.D. Collection consists primariliy of correspondence and newspaper clippings dealing with the creation of the University of Texas South Texas Medical School, later know at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Letters show efforts to secure approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents, funding from the Texas legislature, efforts to support passage of federal bills to help fund building, agreements with other health care institutions in San Antonio, land pledges, and other issues. Work with the Texas State Board of Health and family history papers are also included as well as an oral history of Dr. John M. Smith, Jr.


 

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is arranged in 4 boxes in 3 series as follows:
Series 1: South Texas Medical School
Series 2: Texas State Board of Health
Series 3: Biographical Materials and Family History

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the reading room of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Access to patient records is restricted.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Index Terms

Persons
Smith, John Marvin, Jr., 1914 - 2003
Burleson, John
Organizations
American Hospital Association
Bexar County Medical Society
San Antonio Medical Foundation
South Texas Medical School
Texas Medical Association
Texas Medical Foundation
Texas State Board of Health
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
University of Texas System
Subjects
Encephalomyelitis
History of Medicine – Texas
Migrant labor - Health and hygiene
Public Health – Texas
Schools, Medical – Texas
Transients and Migrants
Tuberculosis
Document Types
Correspondence
News Clippings
Reprints

Related Material

San Antonio Medical Foundation Records, 1947 - 1986, AR 79, University Archives, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the John M. Smith, Jr. Collection, MS 26, University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Provenance

Provenance unknown.

Collection History

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Anne Comeaux, June 2011


Detailed Description of Collection

 

Series 1. South Texas Medical School

Box Folder
MS 26*1 1 UT System Board of Regents. 1970–1976
Correspondence re issues and official minutes.
2 Bexar County Medical Society. Medical School and Medical Education Committee. 1963–1967
Correspondence
3 Bexar County Medical Society – Position on Medical School in San Antonio. 1967
Correspondence
4 United States. 87th Congress, 1st Session. . HR 4999 & S 1072. 1961
Bill to increase the opportunity for training of physicians, dentists, and professional public health personnel, and for other purposes.
5 Correspondence – Medical School 1958-1960
6 BCMS – Medical School Info. 1967
Agreements with Air Force Hospital and San Antonio State Tuberculosis Hospital; correspondence re budget needed to admit a starting class of 100 students in 1968; background information on commitment to give BCMS Library to medical school; comments by Smith as President to BCMS.
7 Policies and Appropriations for South Texas Medical School. 1962-1963
8 Bexar County Medical Society. Medical School Committee. 1958-1960
9 News clippings.
Articles re issues in establishment of medical school in San Antonio, building of teaching hospital, issues facing public hospitals, and Senator Lloyd Bentsen.
10 Medical School Correspondence. 1957-1963
11 Migrant Health & Laredo Migrant Project. 1973-1975
Correspondence re migrant health and the Laredo Migrant Health Project; statement from American Medical Association re United States HR 11511, Health Revenue Sharing and Health Services Act; statement of Dr. Charles C. Edward, Asst. Secretary for Health, before Subcommittee on Public Health and Environment, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives re HR 11511; Statement of Leo J. Gehrig, M. D. on behalf of the American Hospital Association before the Subcommittee on Public Health and Environment, Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives re HR 11511.
12 Neighborhood Health Centers. 1968-1969
(Planning and Grant Proposals).
13 American Physician’s Union.
14 Medical School Committee. Texas Academy of General Practice.
15 Medical School Committee. Texas Academy of General Practice, cont.
16 San Antonio Medical Foundation. 1961-1969
17 New Medical Center Correspondence. 1957–1969.
18 Land Fund Pledges. 1965– 1967.
19 San Antonio Medical Foundation – Medical School.
20 San Antonio Medical Foundation – Rehabilitation Center Facilities
21 Teaching Hospital Costs.
22 Texas Physicians Crisis Committee, 1975–1976
23 TMA V. Caspar W. Weinberger.
Not for public viewing.
24 Planning a Neighborhood Health Center.
Grant proposal
25 Medical School – Comprehensive Health Program
26 Medical School – Comprehensive Health Program, cont.
27 Committee on Physicians. American Hospital Association. 1975.
28 Miscellaneous Papers.
29 Photos.
Construction of Providence Hospital, Waco Texas.



 

Series 2. Texas State Board of Health

Box Folder
MS 26*2 1 Department of Health. Miscellaneous. 1970-1974.
Correspondence re issues before the Texas State Board of Health.
2 Department of Health. Region 2. 1974.
3 Department of Health. Region 9. 1968-1973
4 Texas State Plan for Construction and Modernization of Hospitals and Related Medical Facilities. 1967-1970.
5 Texas State Plan for Construction and Modernization of Hospitals and Related Medical Facilities. 1971-1974.
6 Tuberculosis Advisory Committee. 1974-1975.
7 Disease Control Plans.
8 Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis. 1971.
Box Folder
MS 26*3 1 Texas State Board of Health. Minutes, 1970-72.
2 Texas State Board of Health. Minutes, 1973-75.
3 Texas State Board of Health. Miscellaneous.
4 Radiation.
5 Texas Radiation Advisory Board. Minutes. 1974-75.
5 Some of the Major Medical Center Developments in Texas During the Past Three Decades. Date unknown.
6 Bexar County Medical Society – Disaster Relief Plan. 1967-68.



 

Series 3. Biographical Materials and Family History

Box Item
MS 26*3 7 Real Estate Transactions.
8 Photograph of Dr. G. Graham Watts, estimated 1882.
Box Item
MS 26*4 1 Articles from the Texas State Journal of Medicine on Dr. John Burleson, former president of the Texas Medical Association and relative of John M. Smith, Jr.
2 Certified registration of Dr. G. G. Watts as physician qualified to practice medicine in Bexar County. Dated July 27, 1882.
3 Photograph of a group of elderly physicians, including J. A. Watts of San Antonio, TX. Date unknown.
4 Personal History of John M. Smith, Jr., M.D., including information on Leadership in Medicine, Community and Public Service, Recognition of Service, and short article on Smith as a “Visionary Leader for Medicine.”
5 Picture of John M. Smith, Jr., M.D. Date unknown.
6 Oral History of John Marvin Smith, Jr., MD, San Antonio, TX, prepared by Marilyn M. Baker, Austin, TX. Recorded March 27, 1998 and April 20, 1998.
Four 1 7/8 ips audiocassette tapes.
7 Transcription of Oral History of John Marvin Smith, Jr., MD, San Antonio, TX.
3 copies.
Includes Curriculum Vitae updated April 1998, list of children and grandchildren, and 6 issues of the Burleson Family Bulletin (the official publication of the Burleson Family Association that provides Burleson family members with source materials for tracing family lineage) with articles about Dr. Smith and his family.