Dr. Ralph E. Smith, a former Buffalo physician, died Friday in Classic Residence, Scottsdale, Ariz., where he lived. He was 87.
Born in Buffalo, Dr. Smith graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., and, in 1943, from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine.
He took his internship at Millard Fillmore Hospital before serving overseas in the Army from 1944 to 1946, partially during World War II.
Upon his return, he did his surgical residency at Millard Fillmore and E.J. Meyer Memorial hospitals.
Dr. Smith practiced surgery in Buffalo for 30 years before moving to Scottsdale in 1976.
He was a fellow of the American Board of Surgery, a past president of the Buffalo Surgical Society, a member of the American College of Surgeons and an Erie County medical examiner.
In Arizona, he was on the faculty of the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program at Good Samaritan Hospital. While at St. Luke's Hospital, he also was involved in training Phoenix paramedics.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jeanette; five daughters, Karen Freiman and Carol Bruckman, both of Scottsdale, Sandra Mucci of the Town of Tonawanda, Sally of Williamsville and Cindy Gagle of Bermuda; two sisters, Ginny Molin of Amherst and Marian Kaegebein of Lakeland, Fla.; and a granddaughter.
Services are private.