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1/21/11

Death of a Classmate -- Eugene "Booge" Stevenson


 
Booge Stevenson, 78, of Arlington, VA died Monday, December 13, 2010 at Mt. Vernon Hospital.
 
Booge was a member of the Class of ’54 12th Company where he roomed with his dear friends Chuck Isbell and the late Dick King. He left halfway through 2nd class year when his eyesight went down, disqualifying him from flying. He later rejoined the Navy and became a flight surgeon after attending the School of Aviation at Pensacola, FL. Upon receiving his wings, he immediately went to sea aboard the USS Ticonderoga where he was the flight surgeon for CAG5. This was a West-Pac cruise during which he flew over Vietnam at the onset of hostilities. He subsequently served in the Navy Reserves and resigned his commission as Captain at age 65. He was a practicing surgeon in Northern Virginia since 1968 and treated many of his classmates and their families. He attended all of Navy’s home football games for years and was a member of the USNA Foundation. He also received a law degree from American University in 1973. He belonged to many professional organizations including the State Board of Medicine and was a past president of the Fairfax County Medical Society. He attended Wilson High School in Washington DC and Bullis Prep where he played baseball and basketball. He was an avid tennis player, completed the Marine Corps Marathon five times, held a black belt in karate and participated in the World Series of Poker twice. He is the grandson of the late Eugene O. Sykes, who was the first chairman of the FCC and was a member of the Supreme Court of Mississippi. Booge is survived by his loving daughter, Kathryn S. Rigney, his brother Octave S. Stevenson, his aunt Kate Sykes, his cousins Cynthia Alling and Scott Sykes.
 
Services will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel in Arlington, VA. Following inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery's Columbarium, a reception will be held at the Ft. Myer Officer's Club from 10-12:30.
 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in the name of Dr. Eugene O. S. Stevenson may be made to The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 25 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.
 
 

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