Robert Boyd Sr.

Robert E. Boyd Sr.

SALISBURY - Dr. Robert E. Boyd Sr., age 86, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 5, 1927, to the late Quinten and Nancy Williams Boyd in Clarksville, Tenn.

He was a graduate of Langston High School in Johnson City, Tenn., and later graduated from Tennessee State University in Nashville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. His post graduate work was completed at Fisk University, also in Nashville, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Chemistry. He was then led to the University of Rhode Island, where he received a Doctorate degree in Organic Chemistry.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was then united in holy matrimony in 1960 to K. Wilhelmina Webb Boyd and to this union was born one daughter and two sons. Mrs. Boyd preceded him in death in 2009 after 47 years of marriage.

Dr. Boyd and his family moved to Salisbury in 1967 and he began a career for many years as a Professor of Chemistry and Physical Science at Livingstone College. He left Salisbury and moved to Greensboro where he served as the Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Bennett College, where he retired. After retirement, he continued to teach in the Chemistry Department of A&T State University until 2006.

He loved his students and enjoyed mentoring and engaging with young people.

Dr. Boyd was a dedicated member of Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church and was a member of the History Committee. Fraternally, he was a member of the Tau Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Those remaining to cherish fond and loving memories are his daughter, Kay W. Boyd of Salisbury; sons Robert E. Boyd Jr. of Fayetteville and William R. Boyd of Salisbury; a grandson, Quinton Boyd of Georgia; and many dear friends.

Memorial Service: Friday, June 6 at 1 p.m. at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church. Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. The Omega Omega service will be given by the Tau Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Committal Service: Salisbury National Cemetery, Statesville Boulevard location, with Military Honors given by the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.

Mitchell & Fair Funeral Service is serving the Boyd family.

Funeral Home

Mitchell & Fair Funeral Service
418 S Craige St Salisbury, NC 28144
(704) 633-2424

Published in Salisbury Post on June 4, 2014