Feb. 1, 1927 – June 13, 2014
Dr. Cedric M. Smith, a professor emeritus in the University at Buffalo Medical School and the founder and former director of UB’s Research Institute on Addictions, died June 3 in his home in Palm Harbor, Fla., after a short battle with cancer. He was 87.
Born in Stillwater, Okla., he was graduate of Oklahoma State University and earned a master’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Illinois Graduate College and a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
Dr. Smith came to UB in 1966 and was chairman of the department of pharmacology and toxicology from 1966 to 1973. He became director of the New York State Research Institute on Addictions when it was founded in 1970 and headed it until 1979. He retired from UB in 2000.
In 1995, he was appointed to a five-year term on the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Information Science of the United States Pharmacopeia, which was expanding the USP drug and therapeutic-information database that had recently combined with the AMA Drug Evaluations database.
For more than a decade, Dr. Smith was head coordinator of UB’s Fundamentals of Pharmacology medical course – part of which was adopted by the Pharmacopeia as a model for a national medical-student competition on writing standard drug information for patients.
Dr. Smith published more than 100 articles on his research in neuropharmacology and psychopharmacology, and served on the editorial boards of several professional journals.
He published four books, including “Essentials of Pharmacology,” co-written and edited with UB faculty member Alan Reynard.
A member of numerous professional societies, he served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.
He was an expert on the effects of alcohol on the body and often was called to testify as an expert witness at trials.
A former resident of Grand Island, Dr. Smith moved to Florida in 2008.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years, the former Katerina Kobakof, and his former wife, the former Mary Wylie; a son, Michael; two daughters, Cristine and Celia; two stepsons, Kosta Kobakof and Harold Kobakof; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
There will be no services.