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Doctor Peter Bousum, September 23, 1943 – March 26, 2016

Posted on April 06 2016

Doc PetePete Bousum of Pipersville passed away peacefully March 26, with his family and Russell Terrier by his side.

Pete was born September 23, 1941 in Chester County where he grew up on a farm and was the son of George and Mary Bousum.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Josh and daughter in law, Kelly and grandchildren, Owen and Brady, all of Ringoes NJ; son, Geoff of Durango CO, sister, Fay Hackman of Newtown and brother, John Bousum of Downingtown; numerous nieces and nephews and business partner, Dr. Rodney Belgrave.   He was predeceased by his brother, Bill of Kingfield, Maine.

Dr. Peter Bousum, a graduate of Franklin and Marshal College and the University Of Pennsylvania Veterinary School was founding partner and President of the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, NJ.  He was a pioneer and a visionary, who had foresight thirty years ago to see the need for an equine hospital in scenic Hunterdon County New Jersey, a project that he decided to embark upon after years of traveling with the United States and Canadian Equestrian Teams. He served on the northeast regional Board of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, was Chairman of Veterinary Management III and lectured on lameness and pre-purchase exam techniques both locally and nationally and most recently specialized in nuclear scintigraphy.  His patients have included multiple Kentucky Derby, Hamiltonian and Olympic champions.

Doc Pete’s love of animals began with buying his first horse at age 12 for $25 and riding to the local hounds in ratcatcher garb and later working his English pointers in field trials.  Active family trips of skiing, cycling and fly fishing culminated last year with a family trip to a Wyoming dude ranch.  An avid fly fisherman he fished for trout in many parts of the US, Canada, Chile and Russia but considered the Delaware River system his favorite.  Over the last 25 years he loved nothing more than to be floating the big “D” as he called it, fly fishing for wild trout, with his dogs, family and friends and was known to sip a little wine while waiting for rising fish.  When not on the river, he was protecting it, by volunteering his time and financial support to Friends of the Upper Delaware River, an organization that Doc loved and served on the board of directors for the last decade of his life.

A celebration of his life will be held at Solebury Friends Meeting, 2680 N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA on April 20th at noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the non-profit Friends of the Upper Delaware River, 158 E. Front St., Hancock, NY 13783 www.FUDR.org/joindonate.  FUDR’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the ecosystem and cold-water fishery of the Upper Delaware River System and to address any environmental threats to the area for the benefit of local communities, residents and visitors to the region.

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