Academy of Lifelong Learning


George “Doc” Smith


Tuesdays, January 31 – March 7 (six weeks)

4:15 – 5:15 pm

Story Telling/Guest Speakers


True tales of the life, drama, extreme danger, and humor of service on modern nuclear-powered submarines. Every detail of living on board is vastly different from normal life. What happens IF…?

Session 1: Introduction to the Boats, the Men, the Training. Session 2: The Food. Session 3: Humor, Daily Living on Board. Session 4: Medical Practice on Board. Session 5: What Goes on Out There – Saga of a Very Real and Hazardous War Patrol Against Soviet Submarines. Session 6: Odds and Ends – a mixture of more of all the above tales.


“DOC” SMITH HMC(SS) USN Retired, BBA, MBA served for 24 years in hospitals, with the Marine Corps, and on both surface ships and submarines as the unit’s or ship’s doctor. As Chief-of-the-Watch in the Submarine Control Room, he participated in “War Patrols” against the Soviet Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He is a member of the “Word Writers Group” in Chestertown. In addition, Doc lectures in Numismatics (appraisals, coin collecting and history).