Randolph-Macon College’s Society of Alumni honored Dr. John Randolph Smith ’52 with
the Yellow Jacket Salute award during a reception at the Chatmoss Country Club in
Martinsville, Virginia on Thursday, February 28, 2008.
Smith, fondly known as “John Ran,” is a member of the Randolph-Macon College Heritage
Society and has been a member of the R-MC Presidents Society for many years. He
has a rich family history at the college where five relatives also earned degrees
including his father, Hubert Ziegler Smith ’15; his uncle, James Randolph Smith
’23; his cousin, James Randolph Smith Jr. ’67; his daughter, Jane Dodge ’83; and
son-in-law, Kent Dodge ’83.
While a student at R-MC, Smith was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity, as
well as Chi Beta Phi and ODK. He also earned Phi Beta Kappa honors and played on
the basketball team. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, he pursued
his medical degree in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.
Smith returned to his hometown of Martinsville after completing his residency at
University of Virginia. He practiced internal medicine for 38 years and is a member
of the Patrick Henry Medical Society and the American Medical Association.