Waldo T. Boyd passed into the 'Abha Kingdom on September 15, 2012 in Santa Rosa CA. at the age of 94. Waldo was born in was born in Wiergor Township, Sawyer County, Wisconsin on February 4, 1918 to parents Mary Stella (Reid) and Waldo Sidney Boyd. Waldo married Anna Bernice Anker from West Des Moines, Iowa on July 17, 1941. After 69 years of marriage he was preceded in death by his wife Anna on September 27, 2010 and his daughter Tahirih Ann (Terri) Boyd on December 17, 1997. Waldo is survived by his daughter Anna Ruhiyyih (Sandy) Eigenman (Bill), grandchildren Kimberly Duarte (Herbert), Duane Brown (Irene), Rhonda Perry, Brian Brown (Marla), Jennifer Vasquez and Daniel Beaman (Melissa) as well as several great grandchildren. Waldo lived a long a varied life. In 1936 at the age of 18 he enlisted in the US Navy and was an ex Warrant Radio/Radar Officer and Chief Radioman. He served abord three ships, The USS Hopkins, USS Zane and the USS Wasmuth. He returned to civilian life in 1940 but reenlisted in 1941 when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor at which time he was sent to Treasure Island USN Radar school. After several other trainings he was cleared for 'Secret' and was assigned to CSIR, Univ. of Sydney Radio physics Laboratory in Australia in an All Allied Forces Unit in ECM warfare. Waldo served in this capacity directly under the command of Gen. MacArthur developing a search receiver for detection of enemy radar surveillance aboard submarines producing 50 units which were deployed for service in the S. W. Pacific Theater, Unit Commander, LtCmdr David R. Stanfield, USNR. In 1945 while on the way to the USA "on rotation," the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and shortly after he was assigned to inactive duty in the U.S. Navel Reserve. He resigned his Warrant Radio Electrician rank after World War II. After the war Waldo put his technical and writing skills to work for Philco, Solar Aircraft Co., and Aerojet-General. While at Aerojet he became manager of technical manuals department, and was responsible for preparing operation and maintenance manuals for rocket engines. He eventually left his industrial tasks to become a full time writer of technical books and articles because he enjoyed telling others abut the world of science. He has authored many books and his fiction and articles have appeared in national publications such as Popular Science and Popular Electronics. Waldo was a lifetime member of the California Writers Club and also wrote under his pseudonym Karl Andressen. Waldo discovered the Baha'i Faith while in Australia and in 1967, moved his family to Geyserville Calif. to managed the Baha'i School. He and wife Anna were active members of the Baha'i Faith, served on the Local Spiritual Assembly of Cloverdale and made their pilgrimage to Haifa, Israel. Waldo, K6DZY, was a proud member of The Society of Wireless Pioneers and with a heavy heart very recently disbanded the organization. He wishes to express his gratitude to the California Historical Radio Society in Berkeley, Calif. for accepting the decades of history that he lovingly maintained. He proudly accepted the 2012 CHRS Herrold Award, which is presented to those who exhibit Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation and Documentation of Early Radio. "73" Waldo will be dearly missed by his family and a large community of friends. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at Olive Hill Cemetery, 849 Canyon Rd, Geyserville CA. A gathering will follow at the Rancho San Miguel Mobile Home Park club house, 2665 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa CA. Arrangements by Fred Young F.H. Cloverdale, 894-2540
Published by Press Democrat from Sep. 18 to Sep. 19, 2012.