In memory of Dr. Richard Armistead Boyd died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005 after a lengthy illness. Born Jan. 23, 1930, in Erwin, he was the son of the late Armistead Jerman and Adabelle Barringer Boyd.
Dr. Boyd was educated in the public schools in Erwin and Warrenton and was a graduate of McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College, earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina Medical School in 1956, and completed a residency in Obstetrics-Gynecology at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. Boyd was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was president of the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-med fraternity while at Davidson College as well as captain of the Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society. He was vice-president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and a long time member of Ne Ultra Society at Davidson College.
From 1959-61, Dr. Boyd served in the U.S. Navy as general medical officer in Green Cove Springs, Fla. He retired from the Navy with the rank of lieutenant commander.
Dr. Boyd served as chief of the OB-GYN Department at Davis Hospital from 1962-1981. Medical director of Davis Hospital from 1979-1981, he was a founding member of and former chairman of the OB-GYN Department of Piedmont Health Care. He was on the active staff of Davis Hospital and the active and courtesy staff of Iredell Memorial Hospital, retiring from his medical practice in 1998.
Professionally, Dr. Boyd was a Fellow of the American College OB-GYN, 1965-present; Diplomate, American Board of OB-GYN, 1965-present; and a member of the American Medical Association, the N.C. Medical Society and the Emory OB-GYN Society. He was a former president of the Iredell County Medical and the Piedmont OB-GYN Society, and former chairman of the Board of Trustees of Davis Community Hospital and a trustee of Cannon Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Boyd served the University of North Carolina Medical School as a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Foundation, president of the Alumni Association, and he was a founding member and first chairman of the Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Board. In 1993, Dr. Boyd received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from the UNC School of Medicine.
Dr. Boyd was a member of the Statesville Kiwanis Club from 1963 until his death, and was formerly president. He served as chairman of the board of Elder Center, medical professional chairman for the United Way, medical director of the Red Cross and board member of the Salvation Army. He was a member of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce, a former leader of the Boy Scouts and board chairman and member of the Allison Woods Foundation. Dr. Boyd was local board chairman of Wachovia Bank from 1986 until his death. In July, Dr. Boyd was named the United Way Benefactors Club Honoree for 2005.
A member of First Presbyterian Church, he served as a deacon and an elder, and he was a 42-year choir member. He was a delegate to the General Assembly, former youth leader and teacher.
In 1954, Dr. Boyd married Elizabeth “Betty” Stimson, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth Boyd Rader of Mooresville; sons, Richard Armistead Boyd Jr. of Statesville and Martin Anderson Boyd of Sterling, Va.; brother Robert “Ty” Burwell Boyd; four grandchildren, Christopher, Ashlon and Alston Boyd and Ellie Rader; three nephews and six nieces.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Col. William Barringer Boyd, and a cousin, Ardrey Watts Barringer, who was raised in the home.
A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Sept. 20 at First Presbyterian Church in Statesville. A private burial will be at a later date.
Memorials may be sent to the Organ Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 125 North Meeting Street, Statesville, NC 28677; the UNC Kidney Center, Attn: The Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Inc., 880 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27517; Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625; or the charity of the donor's choice.
- Mooresville Tribune
Mary Elizabeth Stimson Boyd
1930–2018 (m. 1954)
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