Donald "Doc" Romeo was never noted as a great athlete, but his contribution to sports in Southern Nevada is virtually unmatched.
Romeo moved to Las Vegas in 1960 and began practicing medicine right away. Virtually every young athlete who came through Las Vegas for the next 30 years spent some time with Romeo. For 25 years, he administered physicals to junior high students for 50 cents. He also spent 13 years coaching Pop Warner football; he was commissioner of the Central Little League; and he was a ringside physician for more than 10,000 fights. In 1984, he was the doctor for the United States Olympic Boxing Team.
“Doc Romeo” Park was named in his honor in April of 2002.
He passed away in February of 2009.
Born: December 06, 1923
Claim to Fame: Worked more than 10,000 fights as a ringside physician; coached youth football and baseball; served as commissioner of the Central Little League; founder of the Ringside Physician's Association; 1984 team doctor for U.S. Olympic Team.