Dr. Leon Books Receives 2018 Broken Bow Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Leon Books Receives 2018 Broken Bow Distinguished Alumni Award
(L-R) Dr. N. Leon Books, MD stands with daughter Mandie who presented her father with the 2018 Broken Bow Distinguished Alumni Award. Photo: Broken Bow, Nebraska All Alumni Facebook Page

BROKEN BOW—The 2018 All-Alumni festivities reunited Indian Nation this past weekend with community tours and milestone year celebrations. The weekend also featured the all-alumni luncheon in which Dr. N. Leon Books, MD was honored with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Born and raised in Broken Bow, Dr. Books said he was honored and surprised to have received the award.

“In my opinion it’s quite an honor to have gotten that. I’ve been around the community and around the school I guess all my life and to me it’s an important part of our community and it was certainly an honor to be selected for that. I was very surprised when they told me and very excited about it,” Dr. Books told KCNI/KBBN.

Dr. Books is a 1966 graduate of Broken Bow and was part of the second generation of his family to graduate from the high school. He also represents the fifth generation of the Books family to live in Custer County. He graduated with one of the school’s larger classes–around 110 students–at the “height of the baby boomers,” Dr. Books said.

Dr. Books practiced at the Broken Bow Clinic as a physician for 25 years and then spent time traveling with his wife, Dixie, and filling in for doctors around the country.

Grandkids living in Broken Bow keep Leon and Dixie close to the area these days but he said the couple also travels to Seattle to visit grandkids. Leon and Dixie met at Phillips University where they attended college in Oklahoma.

Leon’s daughter Mandie presented the Distinguished Alumni award to her father on Saturday afternoon. Dr. Books said it was fun to visit with people at the luncheon whom he has not seen since high school.

“I just like to thank all those people that had anything to do with it for giving me that honor,” Dr. Books said in regard to receiving this award.

Congratulations Dr. Books! (Click here to visit Alumni Facebook Page)