Boosalis, Michael


Michael G. Boosalis, age 99 years of Lincoln, NE, passed away July 4, 2017.  Mike was born on September 20, 1917, in Faribault, MN to Gus and Mary (Prokovakis) Boosalis.  Mike served in the Army Air Corps in WWII.  He was stationed in Italy where he was a B24 bombardier.  He received his undergraduate degree and his PhD from the University of Minnesota.  In 1951, he moved to Lincoln where he taught and did research on plant diseases as a professor of plant pathology at the University of Nebraska and was the chairman of the Plant Pathology Department from 1964 to 1984.  He retired in 1988, but continued to do research until the age of 97, as he truly loved his work.  Mike was a proud and supportive husband of his wife’s pioneering political career. 

Mike is survived by

Daughter:  Mary Beth Boosalis Davis and her husband Maxwell Davis of Evanston, Illinois

Grandsons:  Michael Davis and Christopher (wife Christine) Davis and great-granddaughter Helen Davis. 

Brothers: John and William Boosalis

Sister: Elaine Smith

Many nieces and nephews

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen, brothers Nicholas, George and Theodore Boosalis and sister Georgia Kootsikas.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, July 7, 2017, at St Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2325 South 24th St in Lincoln. 

Memorials are suggested to Center for People in Need, Arbor Day Foundation or Annunciation Church in Lincoln.

Guestbook for Boosalis, Michael

10:41AM Jul 8th, 2017
So many wonderful memories of Mike and Helen, from our families sharing backyard barbecues to New Year's Eve Poker. They continued as lifelong friends after my parents had both died, and I always looked them up when I was back in Lincoln. Class act all the way! Mary Beth, I will be holding you in the Light as you grieve your dad's death and celebrate his life. (I suspect the poker game has already begun...)
Barbara (Dudek) Petersen (Mars Hill, NC)
3:41PM Jul 6th, 2017
As a UNL colleague, I enjoyed periodic exchange "push and shove" with Mike in cheerful debates--a keen mind and first class sense of humor. He was surprised I knew his family name when I got to campus until he learned I'd visited the family restaurant near the Mpls campus. I salute MIke with special memories.
Lavon Sumption (Lincoln, NE)

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