Reverend George A. Boyle

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The Reverend George A. Boyle

92, Indianapolis, died on May 26th, 2012. He was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on September 17th, 1919. Because of his mother's illness, Dr. Boyle spent the first seven years of life in a "Shelter" for children and the following ten years as a foster child on a farm in northeastern Ontario. For a short time he worked in a lumber camp in Algonquin Park. Dr. Boyle received his early education in a one-room schoolhouse where a single teacher taught classes from kindergarten to fourth year high school. At thirteen, he experienced a dramatic call to ministry and dropped out of school the year before completing his first year of high school. Through the kindness of his sister, he was able to attend one additional year at the Brockville Collegiate Institute.

When World War II began, Dr. Boyle joined the Canadian Army as a private and served over five years in Britain, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Northwestern Europe, retiring with the rank of Captain. For his service, he was decorated with "Mention in Dispatches" by King George VI. After the War, he entered Victoria College at the University of Toronto, from which he graduated in 1948. He continued his education at Emmanuel Theological College, graduating in 1951 with the Sanford Gold Medal and the Senior Scholarship. He continued his studies at New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He was ordained to the Christian Ministry in the United Church of Canada in 1951.

When Dr. Boyle finished his work in Edinburgh, he was invited to return to Victoria University as the first Archivist-Historian of the University of the United Church of Canada. In 1957 he was appointed to the faculty of Victoria College as assistant and later associate professor of religious knowledge. In 1965 he accepted an appointment to the faculty of the University of Miami, where he also served as Professor of Protestant Theology for the Dominican Ladies College. For two years he served as organizing pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, Brandon, Florida.

Due to the increasing demand for professional pastoral counseling, Dr. Boyle entered a training program associated with Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. In 1972, Dr. Boyle was appointed Minister of Pastoral Counseling at Second Presbyterian Church. He went on to establish the Indianapolis Institute of Pastoral Counseling, of which he served as Director for ten years. During this time, Dr. Boyle served as the interim Head of Staff for Second Presbyterian Church. Dr. Boyle was very active in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and served as a Diplomat.

In 1978, Dr. Boyle accepted an invitation to become the Director of Pastoral Counseling Training at Christian Theological Seminary. He also established a private practice in pastoral counseling. Four years later, he retired from CTS and became the founding Director of the Center for Family Life Ministries at Second Presbyterian Church. He retired from this position, but remained active with the Church, conducting a weekly Service of Wholeness for another ten years.

Dr. Boyle is survived by his wife, Joanna, a brother, James, who, along with numerous nephews and nieces, resides in Brockville, Ontario, Canada. He is also survived by a son, David (Darlene), two grandchildren, Jeff (Heather) and Janice (Kevin), six great-grandchildren, three step-daughters, and eight step-grandchildren.

Dr. Boyle became an author of poetry in 2012. His book, Awakenings, contains a number of religious and moral works commenting on life and the people who lived it over the course of eighty years.

A memorial service for Dr. Boyle will be held at Second Presbyterian Church on Thursday, May 31st, 2012, at 12:00 p.m.

Arrangements by Crown Hill Funeral Home .

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 29, 2012
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