Gene Ray Bouch, MD, a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and dedicated physician passed away on July 30, 2021 in the arms of his wife and two sons.
Ray was born on April 3, 1929 in Ford City, Pennsylvania to Walter and Rowena Bouch. He attended Ford City High School and Penn State University before attending the University of Pittsburgh where he received his Medical Doctor degree in 1955.
After medical school, Dr. Bouch interned at Seaside Memorial Hospital and later served in the USAF as a Captain. Ray returned to Long Beach in late 1959 and began practicing in Family Medicine where he served many families in this community with passion and dedication for 53 years.
Dr. Bouch was on the active staff at Memorial Medical Center for that entire duration and over the years applied his experience and leadership to numerous Memorial Hospital boards including as the Chairman of the Family Practice Residency Education Committee and member of the Memorial Cancer Institute board. He also served the broader medical community for over a decade as a member of the Board of Directors of the State of California Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Bouch was deeply committed to his profession and the education of upcoming physicians. In addition to his teaching and training efforts at Memorial Medical Center he also served in various professorial capacities at UC Irvine. He was admired and appreciated by his students for his patience and thoroughness as well as his unparalleled commitment to care and service for his patients.
Ray's passion was not limited to the field of medicine. In 1967, he fell in love with Shirlee Boyd Lister and they were married the following summer on June 16, 1968.
Additionally, he was dedicated to his community and volunteered is time with the Boy Scouts of America and the Rotary Club.
Ray is survived by his loving wife Shirlee, his children: Allen (Lori) and Charles (Caroline), and their collective six grandchildren: Harrison, Avery, Morgan, Trevor, Dillon and Preston.
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Published by Gazette Newspapers from Aug. 13 to Aug. 20, 2021.