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Dr. Bertha A. Bouroncle Pereny

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Dr.  Bertha A. Bouroncle Pereny Obituary
Bouroncle Dr. Bertha A. Bouroncle Pereny passed away surrounded by friends and family on Friday after receiving the last rites. Bertha was born in Trujillo, Peru in 1919. Her parents were the Harvard-educated Dr. Luis H. Bouroncle and Carmela Bouroncle Gonzalez-Quint. She was the fourth of five children, Luis, Consuelo, Maruja and Antonio. She is survived by Consuelo. Bertha spent most of her life and career as a Professor of Medicine at The Ohio State University (OSU). Before moving to Columbus, she graduated at the top of her class from the San Marcos Medical School in Peru. Bertha became a world-renowned medical researcher, a beloved teacher to thousands of medical students, having been named Professor of the Year multiple times and the first woman chief resident and the first female full professor of Medicine in Ohio. Her biggest accomplishment as a researcher was the identification of a formerly fatal type of leukemia, now mostly treatable thanks to her lifetime efforts and the efforts of her disciples that are continuing her dream of finding a cure to all cancers. Dr. Bouroncle was instrumental in the creation of The Ohio State University College of Medicine James Center, affectionately known as "The James." Today thousands and possibly tens of thousands of cancer survivors are able to share their lives with their beloved ones thanks to the discoveries from the research led by Dr. Bouroncle. In addition to her research, she also was the ultimate patient advocate and a consummate teacher. Upon her retirement in 1989, OSU created the so-called "Bertha Bouroncle Day" to honor bright students and young researchers in medicine. Dr. Bouroncle has given back to the community in her lifetime by creating the Bertha Bouroncle and Andrew Pereny Chair of Medicine to fund in perpetuity an endowed professorship in Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Bertha was a supporter of the Columbus Symphony, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and also loved the ballet and the arts. She was an avid boater for many years having been quite involved in the Power Squadron and having kept a boat, the "Bertula", in Lake Erie. Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, the well known industrialist Andrew Pereny. Andrew passed away in 1983. Bertha is the most beloved icon of the entire Bouroncle family and an icon at OSU, as her entire family as well as countless colleagues and patients at the Ohio State University can attest. Bertha is survived by 11 nieces and nephews; 27 grand-nieces and nephews; as well 16 great grand-nieces and nephews; and by Burke Showe and his children and grandchildren, who are her "Columbus family." Family will receive friends Tuesday August 20, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Rd, Columbus. A procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. to Resurrection Cemetery, 9571 N. High St., Lewis Center for a graveside service that will begin at 11 a.m. in the mausoleum chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bertha's memory to the Bertha Bouroncle Fund at The Ohio State University, 660 Ackerman Road Room 651, PO Box 183112, Columbus, Ohio 43218, to the attention of Steve Chaykowski. To share memories or condolences, visit www.shoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2013
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