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Cheves McCord Smythe, M.D.

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Dr Cheves Smythe, was not just a role-model; He was an institute-in-himself that produced so many role-models that inspires people like me daily.
May God bless you.


Posted by: Muhammad Awais - Student   Jun 23, 2020

Cheves recruited me as a founding faculty in Biochemistry at the Aga Khan University in 1983. He tremendously helped me in settling down in Karachi and help the university in establishing a functional Department of Biochemistry. He was an exceptional leader and a mentor par excellence. Excellence of AKU today is primarily because of his vision and superb leadership as Founding Dean. He will be sorely missed as a dear friend. May God rest his soul in eternal peace.
Dr Mohammad Perwaiz Iqbal
Professor Emeritus
Aga Khan University, Karachi


Posted by: Mohammad Perwaiz Iqbal - Coworker   Jun 22, 2020

Dr Smythe's impact on AKU was and remains significant after all these years. We mourn his loss while celebrating his many contributions. Our prayers for his soul and for strength and comfort to Dr Smythe's family during this difficult period.


Posted by: Al-Karim Haji    Jun 22, 2020

Bless his soul!


Posted by: Brian Messier - Acquaintance   May 25, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Smythe. He and my dad, Isaac Konigsberg, were co-workers at UT Health and UT Dental. My dad was also Dr. Smythe's patient and friend. I remember hearing about their office visits. My dad had great respect and admiration for Dr. Smythe. May be rest in peace and his memory be a blessing to his family and friends as they mourn his passing.


Posted by: geri konigsberg - Acquaintance   May 22, 2020

I just learned today May 22, 2020 that Cheves had died on May 11. He was an outstanding teacher, physician, and friend. I was a resident in Internal Medicine at MUSC in the early 1960's. He gave me great insight into the problems of hypertension, nephritis, dialysis, and he taught me how to do percutaneous kidney biopsies. He mentions my name in his book An Advantaged Life although he has my name as Chuck instead of Chic.
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Posted by: Henry (Chic) G. Howe - Greenville, SC - Student   May 22, 2020

So very saddened to hear the news -such a formidable force in Medicine. Met him in Karachi in the early 80s at a dinner my Aunt Asma Khan had In his honor. He was the first Dean of the newly built Aga Khan Univ / Med school and despite his very busy schedule consented to come and talk about cases in Wd 5 at JPMC . He had a delightful way of turning those events into such memorable and fun

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Posted by: Fazeela Baqai - Irvine, CA - Student   May 15, 2020

So very saddened to hear the news -such a formidable force in Medicine. Met him in Karachi in the early 80s at a dinner my Aunt Asma Khan Have In his honor. He was the first Dean of the newly built Aga Khan Univ / Med school and despite his very busy schedule consented to come here talk about cases in Wd 5 at JPMC . He had a delightful way of turning those events into such memorable and fun

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Posted by: Fazeela Baqai - Irvine, CA - Student   May 15, 2020

Cheves was a giant. A man of true intellect, insight and ability to lead. Straightforward, decisive and full of energy, honest and interested in people and places. Always helpful and generous with his time. A true teacher and mentor. Quick to recognise ability and reward merit. Always a problem solver.

It was an honour and a privilege to serve and learn from him. I will remember him with love and affection and miss him always. The world has lost a great man, a leader with soul and a love of humanity.


Posted by: Fozia Qureshi - Karachi, Pakistan - Coworker   May 14, 2020

Dr Smythe was an extraordinary Dean who truly deserves credit for the solid foundations he laid not only for the AgaKhan University medical college but also for us as the first medical students there. He was a compassionate and kind human being who has touched many lives. AKU alumni and people of Pakistan will always be indebted to his contribution to developing a world class medical institution in Pakistan.


Posted by: Dr Amyna Merchant Sultan - Port Moresby - Teacher   May 13, 2020