Richard W. Booth, M.D.

BOOTH, Richard W., M.D. Mar 17, 1924 – May 24, 2014 Age 90, Omaha. Dr. Richard Booth entered into eternal life on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Dr. Booth had been a resident of Hospice House and passed peacefully following months of home care, stays at Brookestone Meadows, and various hospital visits. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank his many caregivers for providing caring and compassion during his final days. Richard Booth was born on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1924, to Katherine and Rudy Booth in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Purcell High in 1942, he attended Xavier University in Pre-Medicine before joining the United States Signal Corps in 1943. He was stationed in Liege, Belgium where he was in charge of staffing and managing a key telephone and telegraph communications hub. It was there that he met Catherine Ballman, a native of Breitfeld, Luxembourg. They were married on December 22, 1945. After the war, Richard completed his studies at Xavier and then graduated from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1952. Dr. Booth completed his Internship at the University of Wisconsin, and a National Heart Institute Residency at the University of Cincinnati. He became a Cardiology Fellow and then a Professor of Medicine at Ohio State University. Richard and Cathy Booth then moved their young family, including a son Patrick and twin daughters, Marcia and Michelle, to Omaha in 1961. Dr. Booth co-founded the Creighton University Department of Cardiology and developed the Cardiac Laboratory at St. Joseph’s Hospital in the early 1960s. Over the course of the next three decades, he helped to recruit dozens of outstanding physicians and residents to the cardiology practice, and many more students and interns to Creighton University. He served as Associate Dean for Clinical Services at Creighton from 1971-1980. In the early 1970s, Booth was selected to serve as Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at Creighton St. Joseph’s Hospital. While his medical practice continued, this new role included serving as Chair of the Planning Committee that led to a brand new state-of-the-art hospital on North 30th Street in 1978. Dr. Booth was active in numerous professional associations and civic organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American College of Physician Executives, the Omaha Opera Society, the Combined Health Agency Drive, and the Omaha Chapter of the Wine and Food Society. He retired from Medicine and from his Executive duties in the mid-1990s. Following the death of his first wife, Richard remarried Le Ann Heinitz on June 21, 2003. Dick and LeAnn enjoyed more than 10 years of marriage together, living in West Omaha, travelling, attending symphonies and plays, and entertaining on many special occasions—like St. Patrick’s Day! Dr. Richard Booth is survived by his wife, Le Ann; three children and seven grandchildren: Patrick and Judy Booth (Stuart, Richard, and Catherine), Mars and Brent Malnack (Alex and Katryna), and Michelle and Dave Amsden (Kristin and Ariel).; his only sibling, Audrey Booth Cullen, her husband Joseph, and their three children (Debbie, Jody, and Mike); a nephew, Paul Dumont; extended family: Loni Meyer (Dewey) and family, Nan Birkemeier (Gary) and family, and Gay Dahlke (Paul) and family. The family will receive friends Friday, May 30th from 5pm to 6:30pm at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, May 31st at 10am at St. John Catholic Church at Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza. Military rites at church by Nebraska National Guard. Private Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Creighton University or Boys Town.

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