Ty Smith Dinner
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2017 Ty Smith Dinner
Sunday, October 22, 2017
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In Memory of N. Ty Smith
May 5, 1932 - May 9, 2015
On May 9th, 2015, Ty Smith, STA Past President (1988-1994), passed away due to consequences of Alzheimer’s dementia. Ty’s contributions to anesthesia were numerous. In addition to his organizing role in STA and founding of the Journal of Clinical Monitoring, Ty made major contributions in the fields of closed loop control of anesthesia, modeling, simulation, narcotic-induced rigidity - all at the same time.
Those of us who worked with Ty knew to bring something to read while waiting for him, but he would take the time to steer you in the right direction. Ty foresaw the use of immersive simulation in anesthesia, brought the first computer into an OR, and championed improvements in intraoperative monitoring.
An avid photographer, he would come back from trips with 10 rolls of Kodachrome. Long before Powerpoint, Ty could give a 50 minute talk with two carousels on two screens and keep everything in sync. Ty also found time for opera, orchids, and family.
We are all saddened by the passing of this great visionary, but rededicate our efforts to keep his memory alive through the Society.
On behalf of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia and its leadership