Richard Boers

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Richard "Dick" W.

Richard "Dick" W. Boers, 72, of Ida, MI, died peacefully of a heart attack, Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in his home. Born April 21, 1941, in Rochester, NY, he was the son of Harvey and Sarah (Jones) Boers. He studied horticulture and landscape architecture at Cornell University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree. He pursued a graduate degree at the University of Michigan and during his first year, he was recruited by Toledo to do park design on a seasonal

basis. In 1965 and at the age of 25, Mr. Boers became the youngest forestry division commissioner in Toledo's history and the youngest commissioner in the country.

Dick spent 30 years in the parks department from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s and was known for "greening up" the city. He also helped to establish the Toledo Botanical Garden. He was a trustee emeritus of the garden's board and was affectionately called "Father Crosby," a nickname that refers to the garden's original name, Crosby Garden.

At the time he was voted into Tile Club, he was the youngest member. Dick was also a member of several professional organizations.

A sign in Dick's office summed up who he was, "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."

A memorial service for Dick will be held at Toledo Botanical Gardens on Tuesday,

October 15, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please conceder a memorial gift to the Toledo Botanical Gardens,
Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 6, 2013
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