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August Marshall Booth Jr.

Age 72, (retired), was an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh for 25 years. He died peacefully surrounded by his family on November 26, 2007 at Shadyside Hospital from complications of Ocular Melanoma. Dr. Booth, a resident of Pittsburgh for over 50 years, was born in Washington, D.C. and attended school in Arlington, VA. He came to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1953. His early work was in both the theater and the recording industry. He worked in the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Arena Stage in Washington D.C. He was sound engineer on the movie "Night of the Living Dead". After the death of his first wife, Lois Woods Booth and his son August, he attended the University of Pittsburgh where he earned both his bachelor of science and his doctor of Philosophy degrees. Here he met his second wife Ivy Bunting Booth. They were later divorced. An accomplished musician he enjoyed classical music and was an early supporter of WQED FM and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Also, a diesel Mercedes Benz enthusiast he was known as "Der Dieseling Doktor" and spent many hours researching the best ways to perform repairs and to improve the performance of diesel cars. He is survived by his daughters Sharon Murray Booth and Margaret Megan (Booth) Gallek, his fiancee Linda Carter Bell and two grandsons, all of Pittsburgh. Dr. Booth donated his body for scientific research, a celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hillman Cancer Center.
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Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on 11/29/2007.

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