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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- When you mention the name of Dr. Russell Smith to people in Cambridge, it's hard to pick just one title for him: doctor, city councilman, mayor, or a real jokester. But on Monday night, Smith passed away at the age of 93.  But his memory is not being forgotten by longtime Cambridge residents.

He may have been mayor over half of a century ago, but Dr. Russell Smith is still Mayor Smith to judge Calvin Travers, who has lived in Cambridge his whole life.  He says while it may be hard to pin down just one title for Doc Smith, he has a few ideas.

"Mr. Cambridge, Mr. Dorchester County because he was well liked all over the county." said Judge Travers.

That comes from years of public service.  Smith served as mayor for 8 years, as a city councilman for four years, and as a dentist downtown for almost 50.  His son Rusty says his father was more well known than the president in parts of the county.

"There was a story about a man who was asked down in Hoopers Island who the President of the United States was, and he said "I don't know who the President of the United States is, but I know that Russell Smith is the mayor of Cambridge." said Smith's son.

That doesn't mean that Doc Smith didn't rub elbows with a few presidents in his time.  He was on speaking terms with both President Gerald Ford, and John F. Kennedy.  But even after all of the accomplishments, positions, and events he hosted, the man was still a local celebrity.

"He was just the kind of guy that nobody would not like.  You had to like him.  And when he came at you with that smile and that "how are you doing", I don't care who you were, you were shaking his hand." said Ricky Travers, owner of The Cobbler's Country Gift and Garden Shop.

A graveside service for Doc Smith will be held on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the East New Market Cemetery in Dorchester County.

His obituary can be seen here.

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