In Memory

Joseph Boggs

Joseph Boggs

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03/05/14 11:02 AM #1    

Sherrie Igoe (Dembrowski)

I'm so sorry to see Joe Boggs on the deceased list, he was such a nice guy.  Does anyone know how he died or when?

03/28/14 09:19 PM #2    

Holly Romans (Green)

I remember him from Lincolnwood School.  He was a smart, kind, sweet ,sensitive guy, but not a sissy.  It would have been fun to catch up.  Where can we find his obit?

03/29/14 08:06 AM #3    

Jerrilynn Engeln (McCabe)

Joe was an emergency room doctor in the LA area and died in 2002 after having a massive heart attack on the way to one the hospitals his team covered.

03/29/14 12:00 PM #4    

Bonnie Robinson

How very tragic and ironic to hear how Joe Boggs died. Why is it when someone dedicates their lives to saving others that they are taken away. RIP, Joe.

03/29/14 07:30 PM #5    

Holly Romans (Green)

Thanks, Jerri, for filling us in and thanks, Bonnie, for pointing out the irony of his death.  Timing is everything. Perhaps if he had been at the hospital when it happened, he could have been saved.  Holly Romans Green

06/29/14 04:04 PM #6    

Bruce Symonds

Actually, Joe died of a massive stroke.  Feb. 7, 2002 he was on his way home from his EM gig, pulled his car over and died.  He always was organized.  He was a close friend and confidant for 50 years (yes, Lincolnwood kindergarten) until his death.  Beautiful daughter who lived with him and his second wife.  

Joe chose Emergncy Medicine because it fit him perfectly.  The specialty was new (there were few Trauma Centers then) and he was instrumental in setting local protocol and standards.  He was quick, he was decisive and he was accurate.  He chose the toughest hospitals (Cook County, UCLA) in the toughest neighborhoods.  And he preferred to work nights and weekends.  That's when the shootings, stabbings, and and other major trauma were most frequent.  On more than a few occasions I doned white and observed his speedy and successful resolution of all sorts of urgent care.

It is no surprise that he brought his compassion and generosity of spirit to work.  Complete strangers received his gift of good natured compassion. His generosity to me can't begin to be enumerated.  

His  friends from all walks of life attended his service and laughter and joy predominated. Everyone was so grateful to have known him.

I miss our weekly calls and visits.  Thankfully, I am in touch with his wife and his daughter.

Shoot!  Just found his obit.  Please forgive any redundancy.



07/01/14 06:10 PM #7    

Charles Schulz

The letters about Joe are so thoughtful and reflect what a great person he was.  I certainly remeber how nice he was to me from Lincolnwood through ETHS.  It was noted how we worked in the ER and it reminded me of how he showed me medical books back in elementary school.  Joe wasn't always serious, though.  In our senior year he encouraged me to dress up as Santa Claus the Friday before vacation and read the morning announcements - thank goodness he was so supportive so I wasn't sent home.  I really am saddened by the news of his passing and will miss sharing our memories.

07/11/14 03:19 PM #8    

Stephen Smith

THANKS Bruce, Chuck, et al , for the comments on Joe, 

Didn't  really know Joe(remember the name), but it's so interesting to hear of what they did, and to see that some of us stayed in touch with each other. Commendations to you Bruce!!!!


07/12/14 02:30 PM #9    

Richard Lancia

Fred posted a lacrosse video that has a pretty good image of Joe.  It takes a while to load and the quality is poor - after all the 8mm film sat in my attic for 30+ years undeveloped - but seeing him as I remember him is worth waiting for.

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