Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home & Cemetery

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Gerald P. Bodey Sr. M.D.

May 22, 1934June 22, 2020
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Our dear husband, father and grandfather, Gerald Paul Bodey, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on June 22, 2020, surrounded by his family.

Gerald was born the middle son to Allen and Marie Bodey in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on May 22, 1934, and spent most of his childhood in Allentown/Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Lafayette College, married his childhood sweetheart Nancy, and together pursued their joint love of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He worked at the National Cancer Institute before joining the faculty of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1966, where he established the adult acute leukemia service, served as chief of the Cancer Chemotherapy Branch in the Department of Developmental Therapeutics, founded the Section of Infectious Diseases, was appointed the first director of the Office of Protocol Research, and was chairman of the Department of Medical Specialties until he semi-retired in 1995.

Dr. Bodey held professorships at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center Medical School, and also at Baylor College of Medicine. He is author or co-author of more than 1,000 peer-reviewed papers, textbook chapters, and teaching aids. Additionally, he was a member of the lunar quarantine operations team for several Apollo spaceflights.

As an internationally recognized leukemia and infectious diseases expert, he had the opportunity to deliver invited lectures in all 50 states and nearly 40 countries around the world, inspiring his love for travel and photography.

He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Houston and The Woodlands United Methodist Church, with a special interest in global missions.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Nancy, children Robin Sparwasser (Harry), Jerry Bodey (Kathy), Sharon Brantley (Jeff), and grandchildren, Cory Sparwasser (Stacey), Kayla Sparwasser, Kyle Sparwasser (Tori), David Bodey, Zachary Brantley, Mathias Brantley, Josiah Brantley and two great-grandchildren.

He and his family are grateful for the compassionate care he received by the dedicated staff of SureCare and Bristol Hospice.

Due to the health emergency, services and burial will be private with live streaming available on Facebook Live Saturday, June 27 at 10:00AM, where it will also be stored for later viewing. https://www.facebook.com/ForestParkWoodlands

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org), SAT 7 (www.sat7usa.org) or H.O.M.E. (www.homeforhim.org).

Fond memories may be shared with the Bodey family by clicking the ADD A MEMORY link below.


  • Due to the health emergency, services and burial will be private.


Gerald P. Bodey Sr. M.D.

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Khaled Jabboury

July 1, 2020

Nancy and family
It is with heaviness and sense of great loss, I received the news of Dr Bodey’s passing, a supportive mentor and a pioneer giant in medicine but also for me the strong father figure.
It is still vivid in my mind meeting for the first time in Beirut, Lebanon in the seventies, and how he and you welcomed me as I started my Houston life chapter.
It is outstanding how , with a very busy schedule, he could find the time for all the many diversified interests and passions as well allocate quality time for the people in his circle
The one consolation is for a life well lived with the ultimate of leaving the world Better than he found it.

Rolland & Nadine Johns

July 1, 2020

Nancy (and the entire Bodey Family)

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers on the loss of your beloved Gerald.

Gerald was a wonderful friend and next door neighbor in the Woodlands for over sixteen years. We have so many fond memories of shared dinners, evenings with Gerald's travel slides, coffee sessions at Starbucks and so many interesting conversations.

Indeed, Gerald will be missed, but we feel so grateful to have known him, and all of your family.

May he rest in peace, and enjoy his eternal reward,

Rolland & Nadine

Carmen Neu

June 30, 2020

Dear Nancy and family, I was saddened to hear of Gerry's passing. I will always remember you and Gerry's kindness and help when Harold , his classmate at Hopkins and friend, was taken ill. It was of invaluable help to us at a very difficult time. And of course we beneefited from all the wonderful lectures we heard. Our family sends you our deepest condoleences. Carmen Ortriz Neu Hastings-on- Hudson, N.Y.

David Bodey

June 29, 2020

Through your life's servitude to God, you defined what it means to be a Bodey.

I love you, and I will cherish our name for the rest of my days. May I live to your example.

Find rest now, grandpa.

Till I see you again,

Layne Gentry

June 28, 2020

I was saddened to hear about our loss. I saw the obituary in the Chronicle, but the first one did not state the plans for the service. I missed the streaming on Saturday. I have sent the information to Carmen, and we both send our most sincere condolences. I will never forget our trip to the resort at Caneel Bay. Remember the blonde woman traveling with John Nelson, lugging her famous fur coat all the way to the tropics? There were so many fond memories with both of you in our travels around the world. Jerry was a most loyal and important friend to me during my career in Infectious Disease. We all will miss him. Give my regards to your children, as I remember medical encounters with several....
Layne Gentry

Philip Salem

June 27, 2020

Our Beloved Nancy,
Wadad and I embrace you with all the love in the world. Gerry’s loss is also our loss. Although we do not see you as often as we would like too, you are always in our hearts and our prayers and you have always been our Family here in America.
It has been a great privilege to have known you and Gerry. I cannot think of a man who combines the greatness of science to the greatness of faith, goodness and humility as Gerry. He has always been my idol.
I feel so sorry that I have not spent more time with him in the last two years, but I feel that he has always been with me.
Wadad, I and my whole family will always cherish his memory. What beautiful memories we had together without him I would not have been here in America. He is the man who had carved for me my whole professional career. He was also the man who taught me what friendship means.
May the Lord embrace his soul with all His love and may He protect you from all harm. It is needless to say that we are always here for you.

With all our love and sorrow,

Wadad and Philip Salem

Refugio and Inez Ojeda

June 27, 2020

Dear Nancy and family,
Sending you our heartfelt wishes and condolences. May God bless and strengthen you each and every day. We will always be thankful to you and Gerald for loving our family all these years. May he rest in peace.

Adolfo Isassi

June 27, 2020

My name is Adolfo Isassi. I was a trained by Gerald P Bodey at MD Anderson Cancer. Center in 1966 -1968 and I as the first Fellow of the Dept. of Developmental Therapeutics in 1965 . I learned from Gerald to understand the management of infection in leukemic patients and the importantance between granulocyte blood levels and infection. His contribution of this relationship still prevails in 2020.
Gracias por tu enseñanza Gerald P.Bodey
Your disciple
Adolfo Isassi MD.


June 26, 2020

We have loss A Brilliant, Compassionate, Physician & Scientist. That will surely be miss by His Family , Colleagues and. His Patients.

Ted & Annette Elder

June 26, 2020

Dear Mrs. Bodey, Robin, Jerry and Sharon,

We were sorry to hear of your loss. May you know the Lord's comforting presence during these days.

I'm sure you are thankful and proud to have had a husband/father who was so dedicated in his faith and so interested in blessing others.

I can imagine him with the Lord, hearing the words "well done", and celebrating with the saints in the land of no more tears, pain, mourning or death.

With you, holding unswervingly to our sure hope,

Ted & Annette