Ronald Dean Boyd, born Nov. 2, 1936, to Edward P. Boyd and Thelma E. Boyd, joined his maker on Dec. 18, 2013. A devout Christian, Ronnie had no fear of crossing the River Styx, and lived his life to the fullest.
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Ronnie grew up in Breckenridge, TX, and attended schools in Ft. Worth, Lubbock and Plainview, TX. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1955, third in his class with letters in football and golf. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1959 and a Master's in Business Administration in 1961. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Engineering and, while at the University, served in leadership positions as a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, as well as the honorary organizations Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi. He was also elected to the Silver Spurs honorary service organization.
From 1961 to 1963, Ronnie worked for Texas Instruments' Apparatus Division in Dallas, TX, where he served as a project engineer in the anti-submarine warfare department. He later joined a Houston investor and owner of an engineering recruitment firm named Scientific Placement, which he managed from 1963 to 1968. He next formed his own global search and recruitment firm, Ronnie Boyd & Associates, which placed engineers and professionals in the oil, gas and chemical industries in North America, the Middle East, Asia and elsewhere. Ronnie successfully owned and managed this firm from 1968 until his passing in 2013. A longtime member of the National Personnel Associates (NPA), he served at one time as the vice president and member of the Board of Directors of NPA and was one of only 15 NPA members to have achieved the organization's Double Platinum award for his recruiting skills.
Ronnie married Carole Boyd in Athens, Greece, in 1973, after which they celebrated with champagne atop the Acropolis and honeymooned in the Greek Isles. He remained married to Carole for 40 years until his passing.
Ronnie enjoyed a very rewarding and adventurous life, as he pursued a wide variety of interests. He was a global traveler, an avid food and wine enthusiast, and a particularly voracious reader. He read at least one or two books per week his entire adult life, favoring military history and the classics, with authors ranging from Churchill to Cicero. Mr. Boyd was also a thoroughly devoted hunter and fisherman. Whether stalking big game on the plains of Africa, bagging driven pheasant in Europe or driven red-legged partridge in Spain, chasing quail in the South Texas brush country, or hooking speckled trout in Trinity Bay, Ronnie loved to be outdoors and appeared happiest when hunting or fishing with family and friends.
Ronnie was also a very generous and religious man. For roughly 30 years, he served on the board and executive committee of the Open Door Mission of Houston, an organization devoted to helping homeless men return to society and obtain jobs. He was also a lifelong Methodist and an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, serving on a number of committees and in other leadership positions since joining St. Luke's in 1963. He was also a forceful parent and an education enthusiast. Among other things, he instilled a rigorous reading regiment among his children at an early age, and then worked hard to provide them with the absolute best education possible, regardless of costs. Given his many and varied talents, there were a number of other terms used to describe Ronnie during his storied life, including master joke teller, accomplished pen sketcher, amateur author, art lover, weekend farmer, downhill skier, master liar's dice player and others.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Carole Boyd; daughter in Seattle, WA, Lesli Berggren and twin grandchildren, Nils and Claire Berggren; son in Washington, D.C., R. Dean Boyd Jr., and wife, Valerie Boyd, and grandchildren Lila and Scarlett Boyd; son in Austin, TX, Lee Boyd, and wife, Holley Boyd, and grandchildren Carter and Cameron Boyd; and daughter in Houston, TX, Donya Davis, and grandchildren, Alexandra and Austin Jones.
The funeral is to be held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston, TX, on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at 2PM in the Chapel. The honorary pallbearers are Rob Levy, Jack McCrary, San Hemwattakit, Mac Thompson, John Whitehouse, Ed Randall Sr. and Tom Hail.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 3471 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77027.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Dec. 21, 2013