Jeanne Dodson Boyd (nee Atkinson) of Longmont, CO, passed away May 13, 2014. She was born February 10, 1929 in Burdick, Kansas to Hogan and Kathleen Atkinson. After graduating from Diamond Valley High School in 1946, she graduated from KU in Lawrence, Kansas and married William Wade Dodson in 1950. Their son, Steven W. Dodson, was born in 1951. Jeanne and William Dodson divorced in 1956. In 1957, Jeanne married Thomas D. Boyd, and they lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. They eventually settled in Los Altos, CA, and had a son, Alan Atkinson Boyd, in 1962. Jeanne started working in what eventually became Silicon Valley, where she found success as one of the first female executives in the rapidly developing electronics industry. She became a role model and mentor for many young professionals in the 1960's and 70's. In the 1980's, Jeanne's professional activities took her to the UK, as well as a brief stint in Saudi Arabia, before she and Tom settled in Longmont in 1987. She continued working locally in the electronics industry before retiring in 2001. In her later years, Jeanne was very involved in her local community, serving on the boards of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Longmont United Hospital and Meals on Wheels, along with regular volunteer work at the Longmont Museum. She remained active up until the very end. Jeanne's community service and volunteer work was her passion, but she also thoroughly enjoyed traveling, photography, cooking, crossword puzzles, the Boulder Dinner Theater, Friday night dinners with her dear friends and she was an avid sports fan. J eanne was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Bill Atkinson of Liberal, Kansas, and her husband Tom, who passed away in 2003. Jeanne is survived by her son Steve Dodson and his wife Sandra of LaGrande, Oregon; son Alan Boyd of Los Angeles, CA; granddaughter Christie and great-grandson James. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeanne's name to the charitable organization of one's choice. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com for the details of a Celebration of Jeanne's Life to be held later this year and to share condolences.
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Published in Longmont Times-Call on May 18, 2014