BOYD, James Calvin, 78, father, mentor, coach, and teacher, passed away after a brief illness on February 20, 2013. During his tenure at St. Christopher's School that spanned four decades, Cal is remembered as a role model for his commitment to students both in the classroom and in athletics. Always modest, he led his beloved track teams to over 1000 victories with unwavering integrity and self-effacing strength. As a math teacher, he was truly able to bring out the best in every student. Cal grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Dr. John Richard Boyd and Kathryn Calvin McCandless. He graduated from Indiana University where he was a world class high jumper, winning the Penn Relays.He married Janet Cowling Kuyk, and after attending graduate school, and teaching in Indiana for two years, he moved to St. Christopher's. He loved his adopted Virginia, especially the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was active in the church choir. After retiring from St. Christopher's, Cal and Jan moved to Fleeton, Va., on the Chesapeake Bay. Cal was active with the Reedville Fisherman's Museum, St. Mary's Episcopal Church and a number of choral groups. Music was a great love, and he spent as much time as possible singing in quartets and choirs. Cal is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jan; his sister, Betty Taylor (Tom); his brother, Ken Boyd (Jeanne); his son, John (Amy); his daughter, Margaret Boyd McKeever (Glenn); and four grandsons, James Boyd, William Boyd, Charles McKeever and Patrick McKeever. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Fleeton Rd., Reedville, Va., on March 9, 2013 at 2 p.m. A second memorial service will be held in the chapel at St. Christopher's School on April 21, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 278, Reedville, Va. 22539, Reedville Fishermen's Museum, P.O. Box 306, Reedville, Va. 22539, or St. Christopher's School, 711 St. Christopher's Rd., Richmond, Va. 23226.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.