Richard Carleton Boronow, MD

Richard Carleton Boronow, MD

Richard Carleton Boronow, MD (March 8, 2015)

Richard Boronow was born in Appleton, Wisconsin on March 28, 1933. Dick attended high school in Appleton where he won the Craftsman Shield Award as the outstanding graduate in 1951. He was admitted to Northwestern University on a radio and television scholarship but he soon became interested in a career in medicine and transferred to a liberal arts major, graduating in 1955.

Dick then went on to study medicine at Northwestern where he was a member of Phi Kappa Epsilon honor society. Following graduation in 1959, he stayed in Chicago for an 65 internship at Cook County and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Evanston Hospital. He began to specialize in Gynecologic Oncology and went to Memorial Hospital in New York as a fellow to work with Drs. Hugh Barber and John Lewis. He then went to The MD Anderson Hospital in Houston to serve as a fellow with Felix Rutledge and Julian Smith. Dick was proud of the fact that he was one of very few Gynecologic Oncologists to have trained at both Memorial and MD Anderson.

After 2 years of practice with his mentor from Northwestern, Dr. David Danforth, Dick accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Mississippi, where he served as the Director of Gynecologic Oncology for 10 years. He was promoted to the rank of professor and served as acting chair of the department in 1976 and 1977. Although he continued his association with the department, in 1977 Dick joined Dr. Paul Seago in private practice in Jackson, Mississippi.

Throughout his career Dick Boronow was dedicated to his patients. He had a keen and inquiring mind and a great sense of humor. He loved to teach and was always eager to learn. He was a skilled surgeon who was constantly modifying this or that surgical technique to develop a better outcome or reduce a nagging complication. Together with Paul Morrow and Phil DiSaia, Dick was an early champion for lymphadenectomy in endometrial cancer – a management technique which is now routine.

Dick was a well-respected national and international leader and an enthusiastic member and contributor to many organizations and societies in both Gynecology and Oncology including the American Gynecological Society

He was president and a founding member of both the Felix Rutledge Society and The Society of Memorial Gynecologic Oncologists. He also served as president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the Society of Pelvic Surgeons and the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. Dick Boronow died at home in Ridgeland, Mississippi on March 28, 2015 of a cerebral vascular accident. He was 81. He is survived by his wife Kathryn and his children, Amy, Robert, Thomas and Joe. We will miss Dick’s enthusiasm, intelligence, dry wit and his love and dedication to caring for women with cancer.

– Submitted by Howard W. Jones III, MD

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