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Roy Herschel Boyd


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Roy Herschel Boyd Obituary
Roy Herschel Boyd, of Roy Boyd Gallery, died peacefully on June 27, 2018. Boyd and his late wife Ann operated their gallery for 42 years. He was president of the Chicago Art Dealers Association from 2003–2007. The gallery participated in the original International Art Exposition at Navy Pier in the 1980s, Art Chicago and other international art fairs for many years. Roy was born in Harrison, Arkansas, April 1, 1936. He joined the NROTC after high school spending time In Cuba, Scotland and the British Isles before earning a Bachelor of Business from the University of Nebraska on Navy Scholarship. He served three more years in the Navy as a Lieutenant in the Pacific, West Coast and Japan, then took a year to travel the world, establishing a life-long love of travel. He met his wife Ann while working for National Can Corporation in Los Angeles and after transferring to Chicago they started The March Gallery in Western Springs. As the Roy Boyd Gallery, they moved to the River North area in 1976. By 1983, 16 other galleries had opened in River North. Roy and Ann also owned a gallery in Santa Monica, California from 1981-1993. Roy is preceded in death by his wife, Ann Taylor Boyd, his parents, Alberta Kirkham Boyd and Frank L. Boyd, and brother-in-law, James Kenneth Taylor. He is survived by sisters Joan Kirkham Boyd, Jeanie Boyd Joblin, Virginia Boyd and Marian Boyd; his nephews, Nathan Joblin and Michael McCullough, and their children, Amelia Celine Joblin, Aiden Joblin and Nicholas Stevens. Roy had great mentors throughout is life, and was a mentor to many others. He was a story-teller, was a bit of a risk taker, and had a great sense of adventure, orchestrating many trips for friends and family. Memorials may be made to Heifer Project International, Habitat for Humanity, the National Alzheimer's Association or your favorite arts organization. While this disease had a harsh, quick impact on Roy, it did bring him the gift of great patience and it never took his sense of humor. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of The Clare in Chicago for their excellent care and compassion, as well as his dear friends Jeffry Bloom, Lois Iseminger, Jeff Mercer and Linda Glass who were there for all of us during his illness.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on July 13, 2018
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