Gary Booth ’71

26 May 2022

Class: 1971

Residence: Long Key, FL

Deceased: May 18, 2020

Alumni survivors: Ms. Katherine A. Currier ’71 W71 (Widow/Widower)


Gary K. Booth, 71, passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Gary was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 27, 1949 to Irene Asiala Booth and the late Roger E. Booth. His memory will live on through his mother; his beloved wife of forty-five years, Katherine Currier; his two children, Eric Booth and his wife Nora, and Kristin Elizabeth Booth and her long time partner Adam Ross; his two delightful grandchildren, Zahra Emira Ross and Thomas Michael Booth; and his three brothers, Jim and his wife Gayle, Mark and his wife Jill, and David and his wife Karen, along with their children and grandchildren.

Gary was a graduate of Portage Northern High School, Kalamazoo College, and Wayne State Medical School. He spent his entire professional life as a much beloved family physician in western Massachusetts. When he retired in 2014, his many patients were bereft at losing such a compassionate, kind, and caring doctor.

While his first home was in Massachusetts, shortly after his retirement, he moved to the Florida Keys were he enjoyed becoming a member of a close-knit, welcoming community. There he particularly delighted in helping others with whatever project needed doing and in stumbling through until eventually learning the intricacies of square dancing. Being part of the square dance family gave him great joy.

While medicine was his profession, Gary had many talents and avocations. He often said that if he hadn’t become a doctor, he would have liked to have been a carpenter. Gary was good at anything that involved woodworking, plumbing, electricity, welding, car repair . . . the list seems endless. He was also a fantastic photographer, loved traveling, camping, and just spending time outdoors. As a child he played the trumpet and the guitar as an adult. He loved tinkering on any project, was a warm, loving, helpful friend to many, and a wonderful husband, son, father and grandfather.

Gary will be sorely missed by all who knew him – a quiet, kind, caring soul.

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