A Sketch of Dr. Goldsmith's Life
R. WILLIAM STOKES GOLDSMITH was born at Rome, Ga., on Au¬
gust -i, 1870, but his family moved to Stone Mountain while he was yet in
lis infancy, so that his boyhood was spent in the latter place, and there he
got his early education. He attended the Stone Mountain High School
and after graduating there, went to the Kirk wood Military Academy.
Having decided that a medical career appealed to him more strongly than did
any other field of endeavor, he entered the old Atlanta Medical College in 1890, grad¬
uating in 1892. Through all her series of amalgamations, separations, and consoli¬
dations, he has stuck to his Alma Mater, and that his fidelity and ability have not gone
unappreciated is amply proved by his record in this college.
In 1892, he was appointed Demonstrator of Minor Surgery, and continued to
serve in that capacity until, in 1893, be was given the place of Lecturer on Genito¬
urinary and Rectal Diseases. Later, he was promoted to the position of Professor of
Operative Surgery and Genito-Urinary Surgery, which place he continued to fill until
the consolidation of the two schools in 1913. when he was made Professor of Surgery
and of Clinical Surgery, the position which he now holds.
He has ever shown a great interest in his profession and is always eager to work
untiringly for its advancement. He is actively identified with a great many of the
best medical associations in this country, as well as being a member of practically all
such local associations of any prominence or importance, being a member of the Ful¬
ton County Medical Society, of which he was president in 1899; Medical Associa¬
tion of Georgia; Southern Medical Association; American Medical Association;
Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association; and a Fellow of the American Col¬
lege of Surgeons.
He is Assistant Chief Surgeon of the A., B. & A. Railroad, and is Associate Lo¬
cal Surgeon of the W. & A.; the L. & X.; the Georgia, and the A. & W. P. Railroads;
and the Atlanta Passenger Terminal Company. He has been visiting surgeon to the
Grady Hospital since 1906.
Like most good doctors he is a married man. having married Miss Grace Boyd.
of Atlanta, in 1898.
This short sketch does but scant justice to the man, but in dedicating this vol¬
ume of "The Aesculapian" to hiin we feel that we show, even if but slightly, our ap¬
preciation of him and his work.