Larry "Skip" Charles Booth Jr

December 4, 1947August 15, 2018

Dr. Larry Charles “Skip” Booth Jr. D.VM., aged 70 of Ames, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, August 15th, as the result of a boating accident in Kenora, Ontario, Canada. A memorial service will be held at Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames, Iowa on Sunday, August, 26th at 2:00 pm.

Dr. Booth was born in Ames, Iowa on December 4th, 1947. He graduated from Davenport West High School in 1966 and continued on to earn a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1973. He then went on to complete his residency of surgery and earn a Master’s Degree from Michigan State in 1977. Dr. Booth was also a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

During his career, Dr. Booth served as faculty at the University of Minnesota and Virginia Tech before returning as faculty to Iowa State in 1988. During his tenure at Iowa State, Dr. Booth taught a variety of veterinary clinical sciences classes and advanced surgery labs. He served as the director of biomedical communications from 2001 to 2004 and as the director of Veterinary Education and Technology Services from 2004 to 2009. Dr. Booth also served as chair of the college’s Curriculum Committee from 2001 to 2005.

Dr. Booth was married to Marilyn Brauhn on May 31, 1970; they were married 48 years. Dr. Booth enjoyed outdoors activities such as hiking, hunting, boating, and fishing. Dr. Booth is survived by his wife, Marilyn, his three children Matthew, Adria, and Zachary Booth; three granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Jacqueline, and Rebecca Tyler, his beloved dog Ozzy, and many family and friends.

Dr. Booth is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Angela Lynn as well as both of his parents, Lawrence “Larry” Sr., and Olive Peterson Booth.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Student American Veterinary medical Association-Iowa State Chapter, and the Izzak Walton League of Ames.


  • Dr. Booth is survived by his wife, Marilyn, his three children Matthew, Adria, and Zachary Booth; three granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Jacqueline, and Rebecca Tyler, his beloved dog Ozzy, and many family and friends.

    Dr. Booth is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Angela Lynn as well as both of his parents, Lawrence “Larry” Sr., and Olive Peterson Booth.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 26, 2018

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, August 26, 2018


Larry "Skip" Charles Booth Jr

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Mary lynn Stanton DVM. Dipl ACVS

August 25, 2018

I have only fond memories of his wonderful meticulous style of teaching and his great love for his work. I am Minn class of 81 and he was one of many to help guide me into a surgical career. I am sure he inspired many other students over his many years of teaching to aim for excellence. Thank you Dr Booth. My sincere condolences to his family.

Dana Fischer

August 24, 2018

I will remember how quiet he was until you started talking about something he was interested in and then he spoke with great passion,

I will remember his kindness to me whenever I needed a helping hand.

I will remember how I adored him as a child and following him around until he locked himself in the closet.
Dana Lynn Peterson Fischer

Arlen Wonderlich, DVM

August 24, 2018

I spent four years with Larry as classmates in the College of Veterinary Medicine. We had accomplished the first part of our dream; to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, by being accepted to the Class of 1973. To accomplish the next goal required hours of class room, laboratories and much study time to reach graduation day, so we could add D.V.M. after our name. Larry’s love for our profession and the animals he cared for gave him great satisfaction as he served clients, their animals and his students.

Sarahbeth Barlas

August 24, 2018

Dr. Booth was my surgery professor, and it was obvious he was incredibly passionate about teaching us. He was instrumental during the major shift in our junior surgery department, which rocked the entire student body. He also implemented the Veterinary Basics "course" online as a resource for students of any year.

I am not an easy student to have; I come in with passion coming out my ears, and I learn best when I understand "why." I regularly approached Dr. Booth to talk things out and help me find new resources, and he took all of it in stride. I think a level of respect grew in my not taking anything at face value and him meeting me there.

One of my favorite memories was when he taught us that we must wrap a horse's leg in a particular way, not because it makes any lick of difference, but because you have to make it look like you know what you're doing, and everyone in the horse community *thinks* it makes a difference. Similarly, Dr. Booth had IT attach a GoPro to his chest for surgery knot training one day. It was incredibly obvious Dr. Booth had zero clue about this fancy new gadget, but he was excited for the ability to show us all, in real time, step be ever slow step how to tie each surgery knot. He would move out of frame to answer questions and such, and we would end up looking at his shoes on the screens -it was such a funny great memory. We all learned, too!

The moment that will always stick with me the most was when we were being taught a modern means of restraining cats for examination in our surgery course by another professor. It was a huge paradigm shift for the older generations, where we commonly scruffed a cat 'and got the job done fast.' Dr. Booth reflected aloud how 'times are changing, but it is good.' You could tell he still did not fully understand it, but he was open to change, welcomed new ideas, and made an active effort to understand. That day, I gained an entirely new appreciation for Dr. Booth, who shared my passion for learning.

Barbara Fox

August 23, 2018

Dr. Booth was one of my most influential instructors/ people in my last two years of veterinary school. At that time, he was a professor in the equine medical / surgical department. I learned more about equine lameness from him than anyone else, and his dedication to perfectionism in his teaching rubbed off on his students. He would patiently spend the time needed with a student who was willing and eager to learn. I am so sorry to hear of his passing; he will never, ever be forgotten.

Jayne Aldrich

August 23, 2018

Always kind and compassionate. A great teacher and mentor.

Melanie Cimetta

August 23, 2018

Dr. Booth was my teacher at Iowa state college of vet medicine. He was an amazing teacher. He made me the veterinarian I am today. My skills in veterinary medicine and surgery I owe a lot to him. He is the true gentle doctor. He always got a kick out of my New York queens accent and my lively personality ansd enthusiasm. I will never forget my teacher

Ann Greazel

August 23, 2018

Dr. Booth hired me for my first position at Iowa State University. And having him as a mentor has shaped who I am today. I can still hear his voice saying "I'd like to offer you that job ...". I will forever be in debt to Dr. Booth for the lessons and support that he provided me over the years.

He always spoke proudly of his family and with a smile. And his love for teaching and helping animals showed with everything he did at ISU VetMed. I remember that we worked on a project together to help students practice tying surgical knots by building his idea of using a flat piece of plexiglass with various sizes of surgical string and labels. He did not ever give up on finding better ways to demonstrate surgery techniques to his students and he was always a fan of learning the latest in technology. My deepest condolences go out to Dr. Booth's wonderful family. God bless you, Dr. Booth and all that surround you.

Brittany Hahn

August 23, 2018

Dr. Booth was an amazing professor. It is amazing that he gave up his career as a surgeon to teach students. He did a great job explaining things to students, and showing them how to perform surgical techniques in a way that made sense. He gave students one on one attention if they asked. I am left handed, and it can be difficult to learn surgical techniques in a right-handed world. He spent a lot of time trying to help me learn how to do a pedicle tie for a cat neuter. I really struggled with it at first because it was hard to translate it into left-handed positioning. And now I can do a cat neuter in under 10 minutes. W

Catie Mullen

August 22, 2018

I was part of the last class that Dr. Booth taught this spring at Iowa State CVM. Today, when a group from our class entered the junior surgery room, I felt like I could still hear him talking about what sutures to use and I kept looking over my shoulder, waiting for him to correct me on my technique. His loss was deeply felt by the Class of 2020, who had only just gotten to know him this past school year. We would love to thank him for all the time and effort he put into making us better doctors and surgeons.