He was an American psychiatrist and author. He died after of complications from cancer. Smith graduated from Washington and Lee University and Emory University Medical School in Atlanta, where he completed his psychiatric residency. During his career he wrote several books like Grow Up!: How Taking Responsibility Can Make You a Happy Adult, Turning Points: Treating Families in Transition and Crisis, Man Enough: Fathers, Sons and the Search for Masculinity and Private Lies: Infidelity and Betrayal of Intimacy.