Peter C. Boylan, M.D.

August 19, 1935April 20, 2013

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Dr. Peter C. Boylan Jr. of Prairie Village, KS on April 20, 2013 (77). He was born in Cleveland, OH on August 19, 1935 to Dr. Peter and Ruth Seaborn Boylan. The eldest of five children, he was always a devoted big brother with a passion for helping others, which led to his decision to become a doctor. Educated in the Cleveland Catholic school system and later attending Gilmour Academy for high school, he graduated as valedictorian of his class in 1953 and earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He attended John Carroll University, a private Jesuit Catholic University in Cleveland, OH, graduated from St. Louis University Medical School where he received his M.D., and completed a residency in orthopaedics in Indiana.

Dr. Boylan joined the United States Air Force in 1960, and served active duty as a medical officer stationed at Brookley Air Force base in Mobile, AL before receiving an honorable discharge in 1963 from extended active duty. In 1967, he moved to the Kansas City area and joined the orthopedic practice of Rockhill Orthopaedics, formerly Hamilton and James. Dr. Boylan served on the board of directors of Health Midwest and was the senior partner in Rockhill Orthopaedics for many years. He served in the role as President for the following organizations: Baptist Medical Center Foundation, Kansas City International Wine and Food Society, Baptist Medical Staff, Missouri State Orthopaedic Association, and Kansas City Orthopaedic Society. His dedication and compassion were hallmarks of his personality which lead to a career that allowed him to care for thousands of patients over the course of more than 50 years in practice.

In 1962, he married the former Patricia Cramer of Kansas City, MO. They had three children. In 1978, he married Carroll Jay of Overland Park, KS and they had one child.

He had a life-long love affair with barbeque and was known for his award winning Pistol Pete's Chili. He was as an active member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and served many terms as the Chairman of Judging for the American Royal BBQ competition. He enjoyed gardening and took great pride in having a perfectly manicured lawn, nurturing his sterling silver roses, and tending to his plants and flowers. He was fortunate to share many friendships during his years as a member of Saddle & Sirloin, Carriage Club and Leawood Country Club. A communicant at the Curé of Ars Catholic Church, Dr. Boylan was a passionate Catholic man, attending services daily to find strength. He loved his children and grandchildren, often hosting them for backyard events where they would fish, catch frogs, and jump on the trampoline.

Dr. Boylan leaves behind his children Peter C. Boylan III and his wife Kathy of Tulsa, OK and their children Peter IV (17) and Taylor (15); Wendy Boylan Melland and her husband Patrick of Kansas City, MO and their children Bryan (17), Tricia (14), and Andrew (12); David S. Boylan of Dallas, TX and his children David II (8) and Lauren (4); Amy Boylan Bailey and her husband Andrew of New York, NY; and stepson Mark T.J. Boylan and his wife Kerrie of Overland Park, KS and their children Tom(18), Mike (16) and Hank (11). Also mourning his death are Peter's brother William Boylan and his wife Ann of Union City, CA; his brother John Boylan of Cleveland, OH; and his sister Judy Boylan Lally of Cleveland, OH. He is predeceased by his sister, Barbara Boylan Campbell.

Visitation will be held at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, KCMO, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 5-7 pm, rosary to follow. Mass of Christian Burial will be held to celebrate his life at Curé of Ars Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10 am.

Memorial gifts may be made in Dr. Boylan's memory to MD Anderson Medical Center or Curé of Ars Catholic Church. Please offer condolences at


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Peter C. Boylan, M.D.

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Raymond Muench

May 8, 2013

So sad to hear of Pete's passing. I am an old friend from high school and Cleveland.... we had many fun times together in those years. Still remember his tales of growing up in rural North Carolina (I believe it was - failing memory?) Pete was always at the top of our class; but, at the same time, "down to earth". Last spoke with Pete a couple of years ago to tell him of a mutual friend's passing. Our condolences to his family.
Joyce n Ray Muench

April 28, 2013

We will always have fond memories of the wonderful times we had at the Saddle and Sirloin Club. Peter was a great friend , always with a smile and a kind word.
George and Robin Shore

June Beaver

April 25, 2013

You will be missed, Peter. You were a great friend.

April 24, 2013

He was such a great person, so generous and friendly, It is a really bad new.

Elizabeth Matthews

April 23, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing.I had the privilege of working with him in the OR at Baptist, and later visiting with him at the Garden Center as he selected flowers for his home. My prayers are with you.


April 23, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Dr. Boylan. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Crystal Davis

April 23, 2013

This is my Facebook tribute to Dr. Boylan:

I just learned that my neighbor and friend Dr. Peter Boylan transitioned last night. Thank you God that I went to see him at Research Hospital last week and he knew I was there. He said, "Crystal" before the medicine kicked in. I stayed a while, held his hand and read some of the Catholic prayers his family had there. He had a beautiful rosary on his chest. I thanked his daughter, Wendy, for being so inclusive of me and Elijah. I am also glad Elijah would dump his trash and get his groceries out of his car and bring them into his apartment. Dr. Boylan would give Elijah dollars and sodas as payment. He would say, "Now, Elijah this is our secret because I know your mom does not want you to take money." I never said anything. It was okay. I loved his stories about his Air Force life and his life as an orthopedic surgeon. He was duly impressed that I had been to the Armament Museum in Florida near the naval base (Ed took me there when I visited him for our dissertation work). We talked over a few cocktails a couple of times. We at Kenilworth apartments are going to miss Dr. Boylan. I will be attending his services on Wednesday morning at Cure of Ars Catholic church. God bless you, Dr. Boylan. — with Elijah Evans.

Even though such a short time, our lives are richer because of Dr. Boylan's presence at Kenilworth apartments.

Crystal J. Davis and Elijah Z. Evans
Kenilworth Apartments
Prairie Village, KS

April 23, 2013

I am so sorry to read of Dr. Boylan's death. He operated on my son, Mark Lowry, after the Perthes disease left the femur head in his hip, and it regained life--only as flattened and he would have been unable to walk. Since the doctor had learned and practiced that surgery elsewhwere, he knew the process, and he was the first surgeon to perform such in the KC area. We still have photograps (slides) of that special surgery. Mark had follow-up appointments and it turned out to be very successful. Although Mark died of cancer in 2006, he had many successful years with a normal functioning hip, thanks to a great physician--Dr. Boylan! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Jo Lowry (Kansas City)

Phil and Lee Ann Orscheln

April 23, 2013

We are very sorry to hear of your father's passing and know he will be missed a great deal by his family and all who knew him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

Ardie Davis

April 23, 2013

Peter will be sadly missed in the Kansas City barbecue community. His attention to details, respect for others, great sense of humor, and passion for excellence in barbecue was exemplary. Condolences to Peter's family & all who knew and loved him.