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In Memory of

Richard Carlton Boronow

December 18, 1933 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


Richard Carlton Boronow, MD, age 81, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Ridgeland, MS. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 4-6 PM and Memorial service at 6:00 PM at Parkway Memorial Cemetery, Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS.

Dr. Boronow was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, December 18, 1933. His high school honors include Hall of Fame membership and the Craftsman Shield Award for outstanding graduate. He attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) on a radio and television scholarship but soon transferred to Liberal Arts to prepare for his first love, medicine,...

Richard Carlton Boronow, MD, age 81, died March 28, 2015, at his home in Ridgeland, MS. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015, from 4-6 PM and Memorial service at 6:00 PM at Parkway Memorial Cemetery, Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS.

Dr. Boronow was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, December 18, 1933. His high school honors include Hall of Fame membership and the Craftsman Shield Award for outstanding graduate. He attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) on a radio and television scholarship but soon transferred to Liberal Arts to prepare for his first love, medicine, completing pre-med requirements in two years.

As an undergraduate, he was active in Ski Club; Eta Sigma Phi classics honorary society; Beta Beta Beta biological sciences professional society; and Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, serving as president his senior year. Other activities include staff writer for Profile, a student humor magazine, and co-chairman of Northwestern’s campus-wide Freshman Carnival.

In 1959 Dr. Boronow received his MD from Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago. As a medical student, he was a member of the Nu Sigma Nu social fraternity and Phi Kappa Epsilon honor society.

After a rotating internship at Cook County Hospital and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Evanston, IL, Hospital, he completed general surgical training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Boronow was Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Gynecologic Oncology and served as an examiner for the Gynecologic Oncology Boards.

In 1965 Dr. Boronow joined his mentor, Dr. David N. Danforth, OB/GYN Chairman, at Northwestern for private practice and a part-time faculty appointment. In 1967, he joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS, where he served for 10 years at Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, the last year and a half as Acting Chair of the UMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He achieved the rank of full professor, and in 2007 was named "Honorary Physician" in the department.

In 1977 Dr. Boronow entered private practice, partnering in 2004 with Dr. Paul Seago, whose skills he admired and who shared his belief that medicine was a sacred trust.

Dr. Boronow’s dedication to medicine and knowledge of his field is demonstrated by his membership in many professional societies. These include founding member and president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, president of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, founding member of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society, founding member and president of the Felix Rutledge Society (an M.D. Anderson alumni group), president of the Society of Memorial (Sloan-Kettering) Gynecologic Oncologists, honorary member of the Western Association of Gynecologic Oncologists and of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada.

Other society memberships include American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons, American Radium Society, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, Mississippi State Medical Society, Central Mississippi Medical Society, and Jackson Gynecic Association.



As an internationally recognized expert in his field, Dr. Boronow published extensively in peer-review medical journals and lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad. He was cited in Best Doctors in America, Good Housekeeping, and Town and County. In 1993 he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Northwestern University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2002 Northwestern School of Medicine named him Alum of the Year. His most recent honor was 2007 recipient of the Exemplary Physician Award from the Central Medical Society of Mississippi, an award he viewed with special appreciation, as it came from a jury of his peers.

Dr. Boronow was much beloved and trusted by his patients not only for his remarkable skills and knowledge but also for his compassion, unfailing good humor, and genuine dedication to their care.

He is survived by his loving wife Kathryn McLeod Hess Boronow, whom he called his "Wave on Wave, restoring balance and purpose to my life." He is also survived by his children and grandchildren, Amy Boronow; Robert Boronow and wife Jerene; Thomas Boronow, wife Carmen, and children Eric and Christopher; step-son Joe Hess, wife Cris and children Katy and Ava; and by his sister, Anne Howard, husband George and son Christopher, wife Lisa and children Paul and William.

He will be missed and his memory cherished by all. His grandsons Eric and Chris will miss their "Grandpa Dick," and Katy and Ava will miss their "Grumpy."

As a youngster growing up, Dr. Boronow was aware that only one of his grandparents lived past age 52; and he felt truly blessed to have had the full life he experienced. He wishes his family and friends a fond farewell and leaves you with heartfelt thanks for your love and support.

The family would like to express a special thank-you to his loving sitters, Queen Branson, Lucille Lyles, Janice Coleman, Jo Ann Walker, and Tracey Ford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cancer Societies or to the Blair Batson Hospital for Children, University Medical Center, Jackson, MS.