Perry Boyd

[26 OCT 1930 - L1 - 20421 - 19 NOV 2013]

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Perry Boyd - Natalie Wilcox - Barbara Boyd -
Caroline Boyd (daughter) [50th Reunion]



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L-1 Firsties - 1st Row: John M. Hamilton - Hasbrouck - Cheesborough - Hergenroeder - LaFrenz - Myers - St. Amour - 2nd Row: Struss - Howie Stone (CO) - Bean - Malooley - Leventis - 3rd Row: Mike Brown - Minich - Floyd - 4th Row: Boyd - Jim Strickland - Peterson - Vandersea



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William Perry Boyd

William Perry Boyd was born on 26 October 1930 in New Bern, North Carolina and appointed to West Point from the 3rd Congressional District of North Carolina. He was in Company L 1, graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in the Field Artillery.


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William Perry Boyd

William Perry Boyd passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

He was a resident of Grantsboro, North Carolina at the time of his passing.

He is survived by his wife Barbara.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 23, 2013, at New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Graham Lane and the Rev. Dwayne Boyd officiating. Interment will follow immediately in the church cemetery with military honors.


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William Perry Boyd

(October 26, 1930 - November 19, 2013)

Colonel William P. Boyd, 83, originally of Grantsboro, NC, died early on November 19, 2013 in his Chapel Hill home.

Col. Boyd was the son of Ollie and William M. Boyd. He attended West Point Military Academy where he graduated in 1955. He received his Master of Sciences in Nuclear Physics from Tulane University in 1963. He was also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS, and the Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

Col. Boyd was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served during the Tet Offensive of 1968. He also served a tour of duty in Greenland and a three-year tour in Heidelberg, Germany. He retired after thirty years of service in 1985, when he moved with his family to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and received his Masters of Education from the University of North Carolina in 1987. For the next twelve years he taught advanced physics at Enloe High School in Raleigh, NC. He retired from teaching in 2002.

Col. Boyd is survived by his wife, Barbara Boyd, originally of Cayton, NC and now a Chapel Hill resident. He is also survived by his two daughters, Melinda L. Boyd of Chapel Hill, NC and Caroline D. Boyd of Philadelphia, PA.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 23, 2013, at New Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Graham Lane and the Rev. Dwayne Boyd officiating. Interment will follow immediately in the church cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, which provides the families of military a place to stay while their loved ones are hospitalized. http://www.fisherhouse.org/


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Perry and I were roommates during our last two years as cadets and stayed at least loosely in touch thereafter. He was friendly, calm, deliberate, conscientious, morally upright, and got along well with all who knew him. Academically he was in the middle of the class, but was #1 in history, which had always been a favorite topic for him. I assumed he would get an advanced degree in history and return to West Point to teach it. Much to my surprise, he instead got a degree in nuclear physics and worked in the Defense Atomic Support Agency for the following three years. And in retirement he taught high school physics for fifteen years. But this was just an expansion of Perry's pursuit of knowledge. He retained his life-long love of history as well. And he was also very artistic with a love and skill for painting which developed early and was reinforced in retirement.

It was a terrible shock to all of us when he had a stroke shortly after attending our 50th reunion. He was physically fit with no indication of health problems, and it was dismaying to find him suddenly partially paralyzed and unable to speak, although mentally alert. He regained a very limited speaking ability but was unable to achieve much else in the way of recovery. For such a talented man it had to be a very frustrating existence, from which he is now released. But we will remember him for the warm and gracious person he was. It was my privilege to benefit from his lasting friendship.

Bob Hasbrouck
19 NOV 2013


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Having served in First Regiment together during our cadet years, Perry and I shared classes, intramurals and Sunday School Teaching as well. During the three decades of Army service that followed, our paths crossed in Vietnam where we both served as Battalion Commanders, then later on the ARSTAFF in OCRD and also in TRADOC during overlapping tours.

A fine Artilleryman, Perry was one of the few members of our class who held the distinction of commanding two Artillery Battalions, back to back, quite an achievement. For his final active duty assignment, he returned to the Army War College on the Staff and Faculty. Such service was a further credit to his academic insights which served him well in retirement as he taught high school physics for fifteen years.

His artistic talents were a passion, as reflected in the 1955 Howitzer, as well as his personal comments a half century later in the 50th Reunion Yearbook.

May Perry now rest in the arms of the Almighty, brushes and palette in hand, as he now views first hand the glory and infinite beauty of the Heavens to record on canvas for those who will follow.

Grip Hands - Faithfully,

Carl McNair, Classmate and Friend
20 NOV 2013


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