Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1954

Max Dooley MAX DON DOOLEY, 87, of Wilmington, DE, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on June 9, 2023 after a life well-lived. Loved by his friends and family and a man of faith, he was at peace with his death. Max was born to Mettie Lou (Stokes) & Albert Warren Dooley in Ranger, TX. After Max graduated from Ranger High School in 1954, he went on to study at Ranger Jr. College before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin. It was there in Organic Chemistry class, that he met his life-long sweetheart Eleanor Siemer. After they both graduated with degrees in Pharmacy in 1959 and married that June; Max accepted a pharmacy position with the Public Health Service branch of the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Staten Island, NY and then Springfield, MO. Later the couple moved to Cleveland, OH where Max served in pharmacy positions with St Luke's Hospital and Eli Lilly, before taking on the Director of Pharmacy position for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. They were residents of Hudson, OH, raising a family on a farmette fondly known as Groundhog Hill. The main crops on Groundhog Hill were the varied lifelong interests of the five Dooley children. In 1984, Max was recruited as the Director of Pharmacy, during the integration of Wilmington's three hospital's into the Wilmington Medical Center, which along with Christiana Hospital is now Christiana Care. To the people that met him, his calm and kindness sometimes worked better than the medicine he dispensed. After retiring, Max had more time for his deep love of band music. He played saxophone with Newark Community Band, Academy of Lifelong Learning Band, Delaware Saengerbund's Band, and the annual Dooley Family Christmas Band. Max and Eleanor discovered the historical gem, Old Swedes Church, Trinity Episcopal Parish in Wilmington. They became very active members of the church community, but also in the Old Swedes Foundation. He was instrumental in many project educating visitors and school children on the history of the church and the Swedish settlement along the banks of the Christina River. After becoming inspired by the Grace Cathedral labyrinth in San Francisco, Max designed a painted labyrinth to fit perfectly on the circular stage of the Old Swedes amphitheater & recruited family members to bring it to fruition. Max leaves the legacy of his devoted wife, Eleanor, his five children, Steven (Sarah), Julia (David), Jeannie (John), Brian, and David (Cecilia). He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Britta (Philadelphia, PA) & Max (Brooklyn, NY) Peterson, Erin Dooley (Delft, Netherlands), Nora (married to Stephen Graham with daughter Elliot in Wichita, KS) and Owen Dooley (Mission, KS), Caroline and Hudson Dooley (Wilmington, DE).