OBITUARY

Carol Ann Booth

November 20, 1952July 28, 2020

Carol A Booth, Ph.D. passed away on July 28, 2020 at UTMB Clear Lake Hospital in Webster, Texas surrounded by her family. Married 43 years, Carol is survived by her husband, Kenneth C. Booth, Ph.D. of Seabrook, Texas and her daughter Colleen C. Booth, Esq., her husband Curtis W. Shields and grandson, Logan B. V. Shields of League City, Texas. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Taylor, D.N.P. her husband Frank Demartinto, D.O. of Westampton, N.J, and her husband’s extended Booth family.

Carol was born on November 20, 1952 in Canton, Ohio to the late Richard A. LaMenza and Frances (Fran) N. Buhrman and spent her childhood years in Maple Shade, N.J. She graduated for Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and was an Alden Scholar. Prior to college she attended a high school program for gifted students at the Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She received here M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in Educational Psychology in 1977, where she was appointed to the Graduate Council of Students and received the Chancellor’s Research Award.

A widely known, highly respected nationally and state licensed psychologist, university professor, administrator, speaker and consultant, Carol devoted her professional life to serving the needs of children and adolescents with disabilities and furthering the development of those in her profession.

Married the year she and Ken completed their graduate degrees, they, on a lark, moved to Houston, and later to Galveston, where they restored the historic Dealey home on Church St. in the East End Historical District, which was later shown on the 21st Annual Galveston Historical Homes tour. She was involved in the early years of the East End Historical District, Dickens on the Strand, and was on the Executive Board of the Galveston County chapter of the National March of Dimes. Professionally, she was Director of the Infant Development Center for the Gulf Coast Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Centers in Galveston, Dickinson and Lake Jackson and was a Senior Research Associate in Psychology in the outpatient clinic for children and the lead psychologist and principal at Moody Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit. The Galveston years were an extraordinary time for her, filled with wonderful friendships that lasted throughout the years, the shared humor associated with restoring old homes, the birth of her daughter, and of course time at the “shore”, as they say in Jersey.

She later formed her own company, Carol Booth & Associates, PC, providing psychological and consulting services to school districts and other organizations throughout the state. For over thirty years, she prepared licensed School Psychologists and diagnosticians at the University of Houston Clear Lake, St. Thomas and Lamar Universities, as well as serving as an adjunct clinical faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. While supervising psychological interns and residents from multiple states seeking to practice psychology in Texas, she was an oral examiner and, later, an ethics complaint reviewer, for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Later in her career she was a psychological consultant for the Region IV Education Service Center providing professional development and consultant services to 48 school districts in five counties; was the lead consulting psychologist in numerous school districts, including Dickinson, LaMarque, Galveston, Galena Park, and the South Jasper County. She served as the Assistant Director of Special Education in Dickinson, and was Program Director for Evaluation and Intervention Services and the Director of Special Education in Galena Park schools, all while maintaining her university teaching and consulting business.

Throughout her career she was a leader in numerous professional organizations dedicated to the furtherance of the practice of psychology at the national, state and local levels. She was a member of the American Psychological Association; the Council for Exceptional Children; Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE); Autism Society of America; President, Treasurer, Regional Representative and Executive Board member of the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP), President of the Gulf Coast Administrators of Special Education, was the Texas delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the State of Texas Delegate to the School Psychologists Constitutional Assembly. TASP recognized her with the Outstanding School Psychologist award and later the award for Outstanding Contribution to School Psychology. She spent countless hours volunteering for community organizations devoted to improving schooling and services for children’s mental health.

Carol was at heart a teacher, and deeply cared for her students, colleagues, husband, daughter, friends, and those in her profession. Although she had very high expectations for others, she was incredibly sensitive and loving to those she worked with. Anyone who worked with Carol knows how thoughtful she was, always having little gifts, food, jokes, and fun activities for presentations, holidays, training sessions and classes. Despite hearing otherwise, Carol underestimated her importance in the lives of others and never truly understood how many people cared for her.

In another life, Carol was probably a mermaid, as she loved more than anything, to be near and in the water, especially the ocean. A lover of books and reading, she could often be found in the middle of the night or the day after Christmas reading a new novel. Although she was never very successful as a gardener until the summer of her passing, Carol loved gardens and flowers. There were always flowers in every room, especially during holidays and celebrations. If not reading, Carol was the consummate cook, spending most of her free time in the kitchen. She took great joy in the “therapy” she derived from preparing sumptuous meals for her loved ones, friends and gatherings. One of her most cherished activities was baking cookies with her daughter, and then grandson, who provided her with endless joy. Nearing retirement, she so looked forward to sharing the things with Logan that only “granmom” knew how to do.

She will be tremendously missed by her immediate family, dozens of extended family members, and the many hundreds of those whose personal and professional comradery and love she shared over the years. The family wishes to thank the medical staff, but especially the nurses, and who unselfishly cared for Carol throughout her illness, including Halen Titus, Patricia Moreno, Ashlee Ilisfee, Leo Feliciano, Chandra Debesingh, Jamie Richardson, Melody Reiss, and Allie Shukanes.

There will be no visitation or service at this time due to concerns regarding the coronavirus. The family plans to have a memorial in the coming year with all those whose lives Carol touched. Donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, or one of Carol’s professional associations. Arrangements are being made through Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster; condolences and memories can be shared below.

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Karen Haynes

August 3, 2020

This is tough! Dr. Booth was my supervisor in Galena Park ISD for 8 years. She introduced me to the world of Special Education and taught me how to become a strong advocate for all students. Dr. Booth was very passionate about the students that she served and she led by example. Her tough exterior made some people cry, others respect her, some grew frustrated in the process of learning from her because she held everyone to the same high standards which she held herself to. However, I’m pretty sure everyone would agree no matter what emotion you felt after your encounter with Dr. Booth, you undeniably grew as a professional and gained the knowledge of how to be a better clinician and overall human being in our fight to save young lives. Dr. Booth and I shared a common bond due to her chronic illness and my beloved sister’s chronic illness. She came to work and gave her best even on days when MS tried to get the best of her. She continued to teach, lead, inspire, assess and provide strategies for best practice interventions in the midst of her own personal struggles with her health.

In spite of her hard work, she knew how to enjoy life. I had the opportunity to spend time with her at happy hour on several occasions. Needless to say, we always had a blast. She and her husband, Ken were my guests at my birthday party some years ago and I got to know Carol not Dr. Booth which is yet another cherished memory.

Dr. Booth you have made your mark on the field of psychology, practitioners, students, and everyone who had the privilege to learn from you. Thank you for taking time to care and working tirelessly to improve services provided to our Special Education students. You will be missed and forever revered. RIP!

May God bless your family, friends and colleagues during this time of bereavement.

Karen (Henry) Haynes

Sarita Rao

August 2, 2020

I had the privilege of working with and being supervised by Dr. Booth for two years as an LSSP in Galena Park. Throughout my time in the district, I came to see what a knowledgeable and dedicated professional she was in our field as one who put kids first and definitely was not afraid to think outside of the box. I learned so much from her that I carry with me in my career to this day. I am saddened to learn of Dr. Booth's passing and send my heartfelt condolences to her family during this tough time.

Marsha Masi

August 2, 2020

Dr. Booth provided such wonder insight and guidance for the Galena Park ISD community. I relied on her wisdom and experience to guide my work at Galena Park High School. Rest In Peace and thank you for all the children you helped!

Jackeline Valero

August 2, 2020

I consider myself lucky and blessed to have been one of Dr. Booth's students and then hired as one her LSSPs at Galena Park. I learned so much from her, and I will always appreciate the unconditional support she gave me. I admired her wealth of knowledge and her belief of always doing right by the student no matter what. She leaves a significant and irreplaceable mark in our field. I cherish so many memories and am grateful to have been able to spend time with her at our last TASP conference. I am so sorry your loss, as I can imagine what tremendous grief you are feeling by the loss of such a special person. I hope you receive some comfort in knowing the countless number of people Dr. Booth postively impacted (including myself) both as a mentor and as an advocate for children.

Susan Dickens

August 2, 2020

Carol had such a profound impact on my professional career through her guidance as a university professor and internship supervisor. She ensured I would be prepared to serve students, parents, and school staff competently and that was accomplished. She had high standards; the students we served deserved nothing less. While that was over 20 years ago, I can still hear her wisdom and for that I will be forever grateful. Her dedicated work continues in all of us that she trained. We have lost a treasure and a wonderful woman. I pray for peace for her family. She will be greatly missed.
Susan Dickens

TK Cooper

August 2, 2020

Dr. Carol Booth was a magnificent teacher, great mentor and amazing friend! She taught me so much from special education law, making data based decisions for students with disabilities, working collaboratively with parents and when to listen and not say everything I was thinking. When we would travel to conferences, she taught me some important life lessons. The loss of Dr. Booth touches so many people , and her memory will live on through all of us who were touched by her. Prayers for the entire family!

Donna Black

August 2, 2020

I was fortunate to have known Carol for almost 30 years. I knew her first as my professor, then as my supervisor, and later as my colleague and my friend. She made many significant contributions to the profession of school psychology, but she was best known for being a tough (but fair) supervisor. Ask any intern she supervised, and she/he will no doubt talk about how she challenged you to be your very best, but was so tough that it was difficult not to cry. These same interns also would agree that they became better practitioners because of her toughness. While I was not one of her interns, I was supervised by Carol during the early years of my career and, yes, I did cry. I find it ironic that Carol has once again made me cry, but this time it is with tears of grief. I guess she got the last word! Carol was passionate about her work and instilled that passion in me. She made me want to be a better practitioner. She instilled in me a determination to read more, to learn more, to know more. In recent years, like I and many of her friends, she began to grapple with retirement and what that might look like. It was a struggle for Carol because she loved her work so much, but she also loved her family dearly. Achieving that balance between work and life after work was very hard for Carol, but I do believe she was eager to spend more time with her precious grandson and was looking forward to the days when that could happen. Logan was her pride and joy! I shared many conversations with Carol about the joys of grandparenting and I’m pretty sure this was one of her greatest joys in life. My heart hurts for her family and I only hope that in the coming days they will find comfort in the memories they have of her. Carol was a dear friend whom I loved and will miss. She will forever live in my heart.

Renee Martin

August 2, 2020

Dr. Carol Booth was my mentor, my supervisor and my friend. I am grateful to have worked with such an expert in the field of child and adolescent psychology. She taught me the importance of data based decision making for students interventions, and applications.

I will always remember her fantastic lasagna, and our summer road trips to the shore.

Dr Booth gave me the advise and the strength to care for my family during turbulent times.

The psychological world has lost a truly brilliant mind.

We love you Carol very very much .

Renee, Lindsey, and Jordan

Mary Patrick

August 2, 2020

Carol worked in our Special Education Department in Galveston and she was great with parents, staff but most of all the children. She had a way of assessing students and they did not know that they were being evaluated. She carried that smile with her all the time. She was a very caring person who I loved working with in Galveston. She and Ken were remarkable and made many positive impacts in the district.
Rest In Peace Carol or better known as Dr. Booth.
Praying for the family. God does not make a mistake. God has another great Angel.

Andy Sellers

August 2, 2020

I had the great honor of being a student of Carol’s at UHCL. She prepared me and many others for our journey into helping children with special needs. I was also fortunate to work for her later in Galena Park. Carol was a great advocate for children. She was dedicated and passionate about her profession and she strove to ensure those she supervised had a rigorous experience to become the best they could be. I learned so much from her over the years, from graduate school, attending her sessions at local and national conferences, at work and as a mentor. Carol will be dearly missed and her passing is a loss to so many. I pray for her family who she loved dearly. May she Rest In Peace.

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