Richard Manning Boykin Jr. NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Entered into eternal rest on November 2, 2013, Richard Manning Boykin Jr., of Newport News, Va., and Charleston, S.C. Mr. Boykin was born July 1, 1931, in Charleston, a son of Richard Manning Boykin and Maywood M. Boykin. He has been a resident of Hampton and Newport News since 1963, and a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Hampton. He was very dedicated to scouting and sailing and was past Commodore of the Hampton Yacht Club. He graduated from Charleston Day School, attended Clemson University and received a BS degree from the Univ. of S.C. and a Masters Degree in mechanical engineering from VPI. Before joining NASA, Mr. Boykin was an engineer for I E Dupont in Camden, S.C. He was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and served on the Space Processing Technical Committee. He received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal during a special ceremony at NASA's Langley Research Center. The medal was presented by Langley Director Richard H. Peterson. He specialized in the design, development and testing of mechanical systems for rocket motors, rocket and space vehicles and payloads remote sensors, aircraft experiments and modifications, and wind tunnel models. He was named Assistant Chief, Systems Engineering Division before retiring after 33 years of service. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Burn Boykin of 56 years, a son Richard M. Boykin III, of Boulder Bluff, Co., a daughter Elizabeth Ashley Boykin, a grandson, Dominic (Scooter) Hunter Boykin and a sister, Betty Boykin Felder. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 15, at 11:30 a.m., at the French Protestant Huguenot Church with a reception following at 44 Queen Street. Burial will be private. Contributions may be made to the
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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Nov. 10, 2013