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Dr. C. Warren Smith
The first in a series of individual
biographical sketches designed for
Grade level: Junior High
Subject areas: Social Studies. Science
Health and English
Produced by Project Introsoection
Division of Curriculum & Instruction
Department of Education U.S.V.I.
Suggested Activities for using this material
Virgin Islanders have contributed in significant ways to the develop-
ment of their home land as well as to the development of other places.
Their areas of specialization encompass all disciplines, sciences and arts.
This series is intended to: highlight such persons on an individual
basis; to place the contributions of each on a larger perspective; to
allow you the student to gain insight into the true identity of Virgin
Islanders In the intellectual spectrum and lastly, to help you strengthen
greater pride in being a Virgin Islander.
Purpose: To clarify or to extend concepts discussed in this text.
1. What does the term Public Health mean?
2. In what areas does It differ from general health and medical
3. What community services are offered in this division?
4. How does it benefit the Virgin Islands?
5. Nhat are the values of a sound and practical education?
1. Pediatrics in the Virgin Islands
What children illnesses are most conman In the Virgin Islands?
How are they treated?
2. Trace the history of the forms of vaccination and immunization
used here in the Virgin Islands against children diseases.
Whats my name?
Whats my line?
Do research on other Virgin Islanders who have contributed in the
field of medicine or science quiz students on these during an
1. After completion of my studies I hope to become ----------.
State how your choice may help the community in which you plan to
2. Does advanced education make you a better person? Why or why not?
3. Would you like to be a pediatrician? Why or why not?
Interviews: Interview persons in health, medicine, science; tape your
interview. Play it back to class for discussion on how
this person is contributing to Virgin Islands communities.
Art: Make illustrations to show advantages of good child care
(i.e.) healthy children grow into healthy adults: inmuniza-
A class mural showing health services of the local coisunity.
A class mural showing efforts in keeping the local environ-
ment free of litter or other form of pollution.
Coconut Valley on St. Thomas is a densely populated neighbor-
hood, they depend on rain for their water supply. It has been
learned that most of the cisterns in the neighborhood con-
tain contaminated water. The chief of health says the water
is unhealthy and must be thrown away. The parents said while
they will not drink it they would use it for washing children
Roles to play:
1. The chief health officer
2. Some parents
3. Some teachers
What Is your opinion?
In Cotton Valley most of the children are sick at home with
a deadly virus. The chief health officer ordered shots for
the children. About six sets of parents ruled against the
shots because it is against their religion.
Roles to play:
1. The chief health officer
2. The parents who ruled against the shots
3. The parents who are for the shots
What would you say?
Fr. C. Warren Smith, MD. MPH. FRSH.
Dr. Conrad Warren Smith son of C. V. Smith, a building contractor
and Florence nee Stevens, was born on May 10, 1919. A product of the
local educational system, he graduated from Charlotte Amalie High
School in 1937 and immediately matriculated at Lincoln University,
Pennsylvania. While majoring in biology and chemistry he also had the
privelege of serving as a student instructor. Four years later (1941)
he earned his Bachelor of Arts in science.
He was honored to be inducted in Beta Kappa Epislon Honor Society.
Achievino some measure of success, Smith decided to continue on this
path and applied to and was accepted at Howard University. At this
time he flexed his intellectual powers by combining a college career
and fulfilling his military obligations when he was inducted in the army
and commissioned by adjutant's office of the U.S. War Deoartment. He com-
bined both programs, and became engaged in an army specialized training
course of study in medicine which met Howard University's approval. On
December 22, 1944 he was awarded his medical degree by Howard University.
The United States Army awarded him a certificate of medicine.
Following this training, Dr. Smith did his internship at Arecibo
Hospital, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. In 1945 he was issued a certificate
from Arecibo Hospital which granted recognition for completion of out-
standing performance in the field of medicine.
In 1945, Dr. Smith returned home and was licensed by Governor Morris
De Castro to practice medicine as a municipal physician of the Department
of Health and Medical Services.
When the young doctor was not in a hospital nurturing the sick, or
when he was not taking care of a special child, he was to be found back
in the classroom or in the laboratory finding out more about that which
was his life's work, Public Health. In 1952 he returned to the Universi-
ty scene at Harvard, in Boston Massachusetts where he studied at Children
Medical Center. His soecialization at this time was children diseases
and once more he embarked on a double program when he combined a research
project on children diseases while earning a Master of Arts Degree In
Public Health from Harvard. Noting the need for specific information on
children respiratory activity, while at Harvard, the pediatrician engaged
in scientific research in respiratory physiology in which he made studies
on children of various ages.
As a tribute to the originality of this fine work, Harvard's faculty
named the tables on which he labored the Ferris-Smith tables (Dr. Ferris
was at that time head of the department). Because of its significance to
the medical field, a Spanish abstract was attached to the tables. The
project and his Master of Arts Degree were successfully completed in 1952.
In addition to Harvard's recognition of his contribution to health,
several outstanding agencies have acknowledged the significant role he
played In strengthening the quality of health services for humanity in
general, but soeclficallv for the Virgin Islands. The following account
represents a partial listing of these awards and soectle recognition
In 1942-1945 he was member of the Board of Dental Examiners.
In 1954, having fulfilled all requirements, he was certified by the
American Board of Pediatrics to practice in his field of speciali-
On September 1, 1964, Pan American Medical Association certified
him as a Diplomate Member, section on Pediatrics.
In 1967 the United States Office of Health Education and Welfare
issued him a certificate in the field of Epidemiology.
governor Cyril E. King appointed him to the Advisory Council for
hospitals and Public Health on Construction on May 27, 1968.
On July 1, 1952 Bellevue Hospital conferred a special certificate
in honor of his special internship at Bellevue Hospital Center.
For special studies at Harvard he received a certificate in May,
He was awarded a certificate of merit for Distinguished Service by
the Dictionary of International Biography on November 15, 1968.
Among other publications in which he is listed are: Personalities
Caribbean 4th edition 1970-1971 and Dictionary of International
Biorapy 16th edition. a prestigious publication produced by
International BograDhical Centre (BC) of Cambridge. England. This
leading works of Who's Who records for orosterity the contributions
and/or achievements of carefully selected persons.
In addition to serving as a Fellow of the National Foundation on
August 10, 1971 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society
of Health and is entitled to use this designation hereafter.
The boards and commissions to which Dr. Smith has been appointed
also reflect his expertise, not only as a pediatrician, but as
specialist in Public Health. Some of these are:
Member. Advisory Committee for the Surgeon General of the
Member, Board of Medical Examiners, July 1, 1961
Mebner, Commission of Vocational Rehabilitation
Member, American Board of Pediatrics
Member, Comunity Action Agency
Past member, Repetoire Theater, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.
Project Review Commission
Children and Youth Comiission
Board of Dental Examiners
Past President, V.I. Medical Society and also served as secretary
for this organization.
Member, Criminal Victims Compensation Committee
Charter member, Board of Seminarlo Episcopalal de Caribe,
Additional recognition of his expertise in Public Health was evi-
denced when Dr. Smith, serving in the capacity as Director of Public
Health Services, was consulted by (Senator) Edward Kennedy for his
assistance towards the extension of the Vaccination Assistance Act and
Upon completion of twenty years of dedicated services in Public
Health (the then) Congressional Delegate, Ronald De Lugo recognized this
achievement in a special correspondence to the physician.
He was honored to be inducted in Beta Kappa Epsilon Honorary Society.
Dr. Smith as present serves as an Assistant Commissioner of Health,
a post he has held since 1966. He has also served periodically as Acting
Commissioner of Health during the terms of office of Governors Alexander,
Merwin, Paiewonsky, and Kino.
Recently he was honored to be in the International Listing of Hen of
Achievement. The first edition of 'Who's Who in Health Care also selected
him as te -first U.S. Virgin Islander to be honored.
From early childhood and during the long years of training and dedi-
cated service to his community, Dr. Smith has maintained close ties with
his church, All Saints Episcopalean Cathedral, serving in various capa-
cities. He is an ordained priest, and has served as assistant to the
rector of St. Andrew's Church. His life's dream was fulfilled when he
was appointed Vicar of St. Ursula Church, Cruz Bay St. John.
Reverend Smith,who speaks Spanish and German,is married to Majorie
nee Weston and they are the parents of four.