Steven M. Smith, a respiratory therapist and outdoorsman, died Saturday from cancer at the Golden Living Center in Westminster. He was 56.

The son of a United Methodist minister and a social worker, Steven Montgomery Smith was born in Laurel. He was raised in University Park and Edgewater before settling with his family in Mount Airy.


While attending South Carroll High School, where he played football and soccer, he worked on a dairy farm.

After graduating in 1975 from South Carroll High School, he worked at Carroll County General Hospital, now the Carroll Hospital Center, while attending the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mr. Smith left College Park and went to Arizona, where he studied respiratory therapy. By the time he was in his 20s, he was a licensed respiratory therapist and went to Saudi Arabia, where he worked in a hospital.

Returning to Baltimore in 1984, Mr. Smith earned his bachelor's degree in 1987 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and then studied medicine for two years at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.

After returning to Baltimore, Mr. Smith worked as a respiratory therapist at Carroll Hospital Center, Northwest Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, Sinai Hospital, Lorien Nursing Home in Mount Airy and the Levindale Geriatric Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Smith, who suffered from depression, retired on a medical disability in 2008, family members said.

The Westminster resident was a volunteer caregiver and spent time visiting shut-ins.

Mr. Smith enjoyed running, hiking, biking, fishing, golf and photography. He was also an avid Orioles and Ravens fan.

Mr. Smith left his body to the Maryland Anatomy Board.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 22 at Crosswind Church, 640 Lucabaugh Mill Road, Westminster.

Surviving are two daughters, Abbey Smith of Ellicott City and Madeline Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his mother, Elizabeth Ferguson Smith of Westminster; and three sisters, Stephanie Price of Ijamsville, Susan Belt of Reisterstown and Sherrie Harrison of Westminster. His marriage to the former Dr. Kathleen York-Jordan ended in divorce.