H. Whitney Boggs, Jr., M.D.
SHREVEPORT, LA - H. Whitney Boggs, Jr., M.D. died Monday, August 6, 2007 following a prolonged and heroic fight against the ravages of post-polio syndrome. Services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 275 Southfield Road at 11am, Thursday, August 9, 2007. Officiating will be The Reverend Guido Verbeck with burial to follow at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Avenue. Visitation will be at the Rose-Neath Marshall Street Chapel from 5pm to 7pm, Wednesday, August 8, 2007.
Dr. Boggs was born December 27, 1927 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the son of the late Dr. H. Whitney Boggs, Sr. and Chastine McAuliffe Boggs. His pre-medical education was at Centenary College of Louisiana and he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Tulane University. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order at Centenary and Phi Chi Medical Fraternity at Tulane. Dr. Boggs completed an internship & surgical residency at Confederate Memorial Medical Center in Shreveport, LA and a Colon & Rectal Surgery Fellowship at Baylor in Dallas, TX. He was a founding partner in the Proctology Clinic, now the Colon & Rectal Associates. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the United States Air Force.
Whitney loved what he did and was loved by those with whom he worked and for whom he cared. He was respected and honored by his peers both locally and nationally. Locally he was President of the Schumpert Medical Center Staff and served on their Board of Advisors. Whitney was inducted into the C. E. Byrd High School Hall of Fame in 1994. He was honored nationally by his specialty, being elected President of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery as well as President of The American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery. He practiced in Shreveport for just over 40 years, retiring reluctantly because of physical limitations secondary to the post-polio syndrome.
His wife, Mary Henderson Boggs, preceded Whitney in death. He is survived by his son, H. Whitney Boggs, III and daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Webb Boggs; grandchildren, Creighton Whitney Boggs and Elena Chastine Boggs; his brother, Peter Bryan Boggs, M.D. and sister-in-law, Mary McGee Boggs; his very special friend and soul mate, Lucy Becken; nieces, Mary Elizabeth Boggs Hyde and Louise Lee Boggs Feron; great-nephews, Robert Edward Feron, Christopher Bryan Feron, Peter Whitney Hyde; great-niece Mary Kathryn Hyde; longtime friends and colleagues in practice, Gene Slagle, M.D. and Philip Cole, M.D.; and his buddies in the ROMEO lunch group.
Honoring Whitney, as pallbearers will be Edwin Jones, Byrum W. Teekell, Gene W. Slagle, M.D., William Fowler, D.D.S., Charles Clawson, Jr. and Henry Hearne.
Honorary pallbearers will be Morton Kinsler, Chris Demopulos, Jerry Webb, Philip Cole, M.D., Billy Hanna, Gene Scott and Mary Margaret Weston.
The family wishes to thank Alan Borne, M.D., Loyd Whitley, M.D., Robert Holladay, M.D., Bill Haynie, M.D., Umberto Aguilar, M.D. and Michael Goozen, M.D. and the nurses and respiratory care specialists at Christus Schumpert and Dubuis Hospitals for their thoughtful and loving care.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Sklar Foundation for Colon & Rectal Cancer, Education, & Research, One St. Mary Place, Shreveport, LA, 71101. Rose-Neath Funeral Home - Marshall St. Chapel - 222-0348
Published in Shreveport Times from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2007.