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Gretchen Leeds Smith, helped develop hospital unit

June 4, 1929 - June 28, 2012
A memorial service for Gretchen Leeds Smith, who helped develop the angiology department at Buffalo General Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.
Mrs. Smith died June 28 at her Buffalo home. She was 83.
Born Gretchen L. Leeds in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bennett High School and received her registered nursing degree from Columbia Presbyterian Nursing School, New York City, in 1950. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Buffalo.
She married A. Warren Smith Jr. in 1956. They resided in Buffalo for more than 50 years. He died in 2010.
Mrs. Smith, along with cardiologists Dr. David Greene and Dr. Ivan Bunnell, helped develop Buffalo General's angiology department, which included its Diagnostic Cardiovascular Laboratory. She worked with both physicians for more than 30 years. After her retirement in 1982, she continued to work with Greene and co-authored papers on the prospects for long-term survival following cardiac bypass surgery.
Mrs. Smith was head of the Parents Association and a member of the board of the Park School of Buffalo in the 1970s.
She also was a member of the Columbia University Nursing Alumni Association and helped to coordinate her 50th class reunion. She also was on the board of the Episcopal Church Home for many years.
She is survived by three daughters, Deborah Sheedy, Caroline A. Bloss and Jennifer L.

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