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Ellington L. Adams
Class of 2014
Memoriam
Ellington Lloyd Adams It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Ellington Lloyd Adams (Marietta, Georgia), who passed away at the age of 27, on July 27, 2019. Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Ellington Lloyd Adams to show support. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 10th 2019 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Southern Cremations and Funerals Columbarium (1861 Dallas Hwy, Marietta, GA). A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 10th 2019 at 4:00 PM at the same location.
Alice Leeth Adamson
Class of 1967
Notes
Alice Leeth Adamson '67 and husband, Dr. Doug Adamson, from Tucson, were traveling though Maryville for a family reunion and to meet up with some old friends! Alice used to live in Willard House with other female students and Dean Frances Massey, the Dean of Women from 1953-1968. Alice enjoyed looking around the house and remembering how it used to look when she lived here. Interesting fact: Alice and Doug met in Ethiopia as Peace Corps Volunteers!
Chesley S. Anderson
Class of 1951
Memoriam
Anderson, Chesley Speer passed away peacefully surrounded by his children on August 7, 2018, in Saskatoon, Sask. Ches was born August 8, 1928, in Danville, Virginia, to Walter and Ray Anderson, the middle of three boys. He graduated from Maryville College and University of Tennessee and began his teaching career. He was an extraordinary athlete, and participated in gymnastics, wrestling, tennis, golf and many other sports. He loved the outdoors and spent time hunting, fishing, camping and enjoying nature. Painting was a hobby and a passion and he was widely known around Saskatchewan for his watercolours. In 1958, he moved his family to Saskatoon in order to work for the College of Physical Education at the University of Saskatchewan. He retired from the university in 1990 and spent his retirement playing golf, painting and spending time with friends. He loved a challenge and enjoyed trying to figure out how to beat the house at roulette. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara, his children Chesley Jr., Alice (Alan) Neufeld and April (Pat) Loran; his brother John (Judy) Anderson of Wyoming; grandchildren R. Chesley (Tanya) Johnson, Stephanie and Bailey (Cole) Neufeld, Jessica (Aden) Anderson, Noelle and Anthony (Tricia) Loran, Theresa Schmidt and Michelle (Ryan) Ellson. He also has 5 great grandchildren and 4 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Walter. The family thanks the staff at Central Haven Care Home for the kindness and love they showed dad.
Judy V. Anderson
Class of 1966
Memoriam
Judith Virginia Anderson was born on April 20, 1944 and passed away on April 15, 2019.
Kenneth V. Anderson
Class of 1950
Memoriam
Rev. Kenneth Victor Anderson, 93, of Saginaw, MI, died prematurely on Thursday, March 29th after a short illness while warmly attended by family and friends. According to Ken's wishes, a cremation has taken place. Ken was born on May 24, 1924 in Bigger, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Celia and Chris Anderson. The family moved to Munger, MI in 1924 and moved to Saginaw about 1931 He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1942. Married Mary (Mone) Van Sickle December 1943. She predeceased him in Feb. 1970. Ken served in the army in the European Theatre from 1943 to 1946. Following his discharge he studied to become a Presbyterian clergyman and pastored in the tent ministry style (i.e. worked to supplement income while serving churches in Plainwell, Saginaw, Houghton Lake, Munger, and Port Huron). During these years he enjoyed serving as chaplain at the Lutz Veteran's Hospital for seven years and part time for five years. He was the Executive Secretary of the city's Human Relations Commission, the first Director of the Saginaw County Anti-Poverty Commission, and spent 19 years at Saginaw Steering Gear. Ken was most pleased to have received the Human Relation Award from the Saginaw Chapter of the Frontiers of America in 1962. He devoted much time as a volunteer to a number of civic and religious organizations. He was fortunate to have received a M.A. Degree from CMU in 1984. Ken and Ruth (Woodland Wright) were married in November of 1984. Ken had a sportsman's heart, enjoying especially baseball/softball (He never tired of sharing the story of breaking both arms and finishing the 'must win' game! It was a church league game while Ken was the pastor at the Wadsworth Presbyterian Church). Ken was awarded a second degree black belt at age 80 from the laudable Auman Academy of Tae Kwon Do in Bay City. Ken is predeceased by his parents, his first wife and mother of his children, Mary Ione VanSickle Anderson, and six siblings: sisters Alice McCurdy, Dorothy Wohlfiel, and brothers Alfred, Donald, Keith, and Burton; a grandson, Willard R. Jones Jr.; also two members of his extended family, brothers-in-law Frances Ray, Mike Priola, Gerry McCurdy and niece Kathleen Neiman. He is survived by his wife Ruth (Woodland Wright) Anderson; his six children: Karen Vicki Jones of Saginaw; Nancy Lynn of Grand Rapids; Kenneth Lee (Anne) of Bay City; Cheryl Sue Anderson of Swartz Creek; Cindy Jo Anderson and Jean Rachelle of Flint. His step children; Timothy (Karen Gottschalk) Wright of Ann Arbor; Dr. Bradley E. Wright of Georgia; and Jason P. (Dr. Rebecca) Wright of Cleveland, Ohio. His sister Betty Ray who lives in Saginaw. Ken was blessed with a number of Grandchildren: Dr. LaDonna Jones of Gig Harbor, Washington; Tracy Anderson of Grand Rapids; Howard and Raquel (De'Asia) of Grand Rapids; Vickie Purnell of Atlanta, Georgia; Rianne of Bay City; Raymond (Melanie) Anderson of Ohio; Matthew of Auburn, Mi; Clint (Raenelle) Howay of Bay City, Mi; Rebecca (Michael) Mead of Grand Haven; Kathleen (Larry)Thompson of Swartz Creek; Cory (Dena) Anderson of Grand Rapids; Richard (Angie) Riggie of San Antonio, Texas; Christopher Riggie of Grand Rapids. Isaac, Grace, Sylvia Wright of Georgia, Ethan, Toby Wright of Ann Arbor, and Elliott and Phillip Wright of Cleveland, OH. There are 19 great-grand-children and four great-great-grand-children. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Second Presbyterian Church, 2665 Midland Road. Rev. James Neumann will officiate. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Second Presbyterian Church Memorial program and Missionary programs to include those working with the anti-human slavery program.
Kate Warner Asquith
Class of 2008
Birth
Chris Asquith '08 and Katie Warner Asquith '08 had Jacob Matthew Asquith on May 21, 2018. He is named after Matthew Warner '10.
Ralph E. Ayers
Class of 1960
Class Notes
Ralph E. Ayers '60 and his wife, Kitty, moved to Las Vegas in July, 2018 to be near two of their children, Vicki (class of 2001) & Matt (with whom they are living) and who both work for Cirque Du Soleil, Michael Jackson One show. They will spend the next few months looking for a home of their own in the Vegas area as they adapt to the change from the tropics of the Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Gulf of Mexico to the altitude and desert heat of southern Nevada.
Charles E. Bacon
Class of 1950
Memoriam
Charles Edmund Bacon, 92, of Little Rock died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. Mr. Charles was born March 7, 1926 in Des Arc to Edmund and Louise (Judson) Bacon. He accepted the Lord at age 9 and baptized at age 10 in the White River at Des Arc. He was ordained as a deacon on March 20, 1960 at First Baptist Church in Des Arc. Over the years he taught Sunday School from boys aged 6 to senior adults. He was the church treasurer in three different churches, First Baptist Church in Des Arc, First Baptist Church in Berryville, and Valley View Baptist Church in Eureka Springs. He served on the building committees of First Baptist Church in Des Arc and Berryville. After his move to Little Rock he became a member of Southern Heights Baptist Church in 2005. He was a member of Gideons International from 1979 to present. Mr. Charles served his country in the Navy during WWII aboard the U. S. Snowball. He earned his BA in Business Administration from Maryville College in 1950 and his Masters in Counseling at The University of Mississippi in 1959. He taught school for eight years and was high school counselor for 23 years at Des Arc and Berryville. His community service included Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Center Receptionist, City Planning Board, Hospital Auxiliary, and Carroll County Retired Teachers Association. There will be a Memorial Service held in Little Rock at Presbyterian Village Chapel on Thursday March 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM with Dr. David Moore and Dr. Melvin York officiating. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 PM in Des Arc at First Baptist Church with burial in Lakeside Cemetery with Dr. Melvin York officiating.
Michelle Wilson Bailey
Class of 2008
Birth
Kevin Bailey '08 and Pamela "Michelle" Wilson Bailey '08, welcomed a daughter, Emily Kate Bailey, on May 3rd, 2018. She joined big brother, Ryan.
John P. Baptist
Class of 1942
Memoriam
John P. Baptist, 100, of Morehead City, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 26­, 2019, at his home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Gethsemane Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Patrick Whaley. Mr. Baptist proudly served our country in the United States Army where he earned numerous commendations. He was a longtime member of Parkview Baptist Church and in his later years, he enjoyed playing in the senior games with his friends. He is survived by his daughter, Judy Moran and husband Philip of Morehead City; sons, Garry Baptist and wife Cathy of New Bern, David Baptist and wife Susan of Swansboro; grandchildren, Phillip Moran, Matthew Moran; great-grandchildren, Sidney, Sarah, Kelsey and Matthew; many loving nieces and nephews; and longtime furry friend, Bogey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy G. Baptist; parents, Donato and Catherina Baptist; sister, Lillian Flannelly; and brothers, Anthony Baptist and Frank Baptist. A special thanks to Christine Matthews and his dedicated caregivers. Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association at 8180 Greensboro Dr., Ste. 400, McLean, VA 22102.
Marion Schneeweiss Bartlett
Class of 1945
Memoriam
Marion was born on April 21, 1924 and passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018. Marion was a resident of Onancock, Virginia at the time of passing. She graduated from Pleasantville HS in 1941 and went on to earn her Bachelor's of Education degree from Maryville College in Maryville, TN. A Memorial Service will be held at Commonwealth Senior Living (formerly, The Hermitage, 23610 North Street, Onancock, VA on February 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverends Berkley Ford and Robert Fletcher officiating. Donations may be made to: Riverside Shore Hospice P.O. Box 616, Onley VA 23418 http://riversidehospice.org/ Memorial Service at the Commonwealth Senior Living (Hermitage) at 2:00 PM on February 2, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, P.O. Box 615, Onley, VA 23418.
Robert A. Bennett
Class of 1944
Memoriam
Col. (Ret.) Robert A. Bennett, age 93, died on Nov. 9, 2015, at Asbury Place in Maryville. Bob was a 30-year career pilot and commander in the Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, in addition to other honors. Several magazine and newspaper articles have been written on his accomplishments. He attended Maryville College until WW II, then completed his college degree at the Univ. of Nebraska Omaha. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. Bob's parents, James W. and Noreen Bennett, and brother Dr. James Bennett of the University of Tennessee preceded him in death. His survivors are his wife of 71 years, Freda; his daughter, Lee Sherry; his son, Bob; and two grandchildren, Jason Sherry and Tara Bennett. Bob Bennett was a long-time resident of Maryville and many people will remember the tall, slender, and distinguished figure. He will be missed. Arrangements are being made for a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with full military honors.
Eric L. Bergman
Class of 1966
Memoriam
Eric Llewellyn Bergman formerly of Bethlehem, PA passed away at home on May 16, 2019. He had suffered from Parkinson's Disease since being diagnosed in 2011. He was the husband of Sylvia Sue Bergman with whom he shared almost 53 years of marriage. Born in Bloomington, Illinois to Kathleen and Allen Bergman on July 25, 1944, he was raised in Champaign, Illinois. He graduated from Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee in 1966 and received a MA in history from the University of Tennessee in 1971. Eric and Sue moved to Pennsylvania in 1972 and raised their five children in Bethlehem. Eric retired from the Commonwealth of PA Department of Public Welfare in 2002 and continued working as a teacher's aide in Southern Lehigh School District and at Stabler Arena as an usher. A 2005 convert to Catholicism, Eric was a founding member of St. Thomas More Parish in Scranton.SURVIVORS: In addition to his wife, Eric is survived by his children Christine Duryea (Robert), Eric II (Kristina), Rebecca Huffman (Philip), David (Jane), Sarah Kaczor, thirty-six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth (Champaign, IL) and James (Louisville, KY). He was pre-deceased by his parents and brothers, Kenneth Eric, Carl, and David.SERVICES: A Solemn High Requiem Mass will be offered at 9 A.M. on Saturday May 25, 2019 at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish, 116 Theodore Street, Scranton, PA 18508. Calling hours will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 and also on Saturday morning from 8:30 A.M. until time of the Mass in the church. Burial will follow at Holy Saviour Cemetery in Bethlehem. A memory tribute may be placed at www.cantelmifuneralhome.com.CONTRIBUTIONS: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church.
Lois Roberts Berry
Class of 1944
Memoriam
Lois Roberts Berry passed away on September 19, 2016.
Daniel R. Besch
Class of 1965
Memoriam
Daniel R. Besch Daniel R. Besch, age 76, formerly of Bellefonte and State College died on April 1, 2019, at Duke Hospice Hock Family Pavilion in North Carolina after a long stretch of declining health. He was born August 19, 1942 in Yeagertown, PA a son of the late Mabel A. (Reese) and John W. Besch. He married Mary "Frosty" Kent Besch in 1965 with whom he had two sons, Duffy and Doug. His second wife of close to 27 years, JoAnn McKnett Rozelle Besch, survives at home. Dan was a star athlete at Chief Logan High School where he played football and basketball. He attended Maryville College in Tennessee and later transferred to Georgetown College in Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He played college football all four years and later earned a Master's and a Doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. He believed strongly in education and his mantra was always that a college education was an investment of "Four for forty"; representing four years of sacrifice for forty years of success. Dan enjoyed a life-long career in public education. He began as a ninth grade social studies teacher at Pulaski Academy and Central School, Pulaski, NY and then taught elementary physical education at Bald Eagle Area Schools, William Penn in Harrisburg, PA, and finally in Bellefonte Area School District. Dan coached football at each of his stops and finished after several years coaching at Bellefonte. He began a career in administration in 1971 as an elementary principal and progressed through the years as a high school principal, Director of Secondary Education, Director of Curriculum Instruction & Personnel, and Interim Superintendent. He also served in retirement as a part-time administrative mentor in the Bald Eagle Area School District. He was dedicated to the Bellefonte Area School District and cherished the memories of working with professional and support staff colleagues. He was an effective school administrator, not because of his education, but because of his practical experiences and his ability to work with and respect people. He was task-oriented and instilled a strong work-ethic in everyone he touched. Dan also served the Bellefonte community as a former Representative to United Way, past Board member of the Bellefonte Chamber of Commerce and Historical Bellefonte, Inc., former member of Kiwanis and CETA Advisory Board, and past Board Director of the American Red Cross and Bellefonte YMCA. He was a former member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 1094 and the Undine Fire Company. He touched many lives during his career and although known to be physically and mentally tough, he was always viewed as treating people fairly. His greatest joy was his grandchildren and his interests included cooking, reading, professional and college football, hunting, fishing, and thoroughbred horse racing. Dan often expressed that he was blessed to have the parents he had growing up; to have the family that he had with Frosty and later with Jo and her children in his life. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Daniel R. Besch Jr., and his wife, Susan of Bellefonte; a son, Douglas K. Besch, and his wife, Angela of New York, New York; a stepson, Joseph A. Rozelle, and his wife, Jennifer of Houston, TX; a stepdaughter, Nan Rozelle Besch Lujan, and her husband, Scott of Durham, NC; seven grandchildren, Catharine, John Daniel, and Colby Besch all of Bellefonte, Logan and Connor Lujan of Durham, James and Clara Rozelle of Houston; a sister, Debra R. Sheibley, and her husband, James of New Bloomfield, PA; a half-sister, Joyce M. Hertzler of Burnham, PA; and a half-brother, Robert L. Kohler Jr. of New Cumberland, PA. A private memorial and inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the either the Centre County YMCA Backpack Program, which is part of the Anti-Hunger Program of the YMCA of Centre County, or to the Bellefonte Area School District for the Rogers' Stadium Project. YMCA OF CENTRE COUNTY, Attn: Mel Curtis, Branch Manager, P.O. Box 426, Philipsburg, PA 16866 Bellefonte Area School District, Attn: Ken Bean, 318 North Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Frankie B. Black
Class of 1993
Memoriam
Frankie Boshears Black passed away peacefully Monday August 26, 2019 at age 78 surrounded by her family. Frankie was preceded in death by her husband Stephen H. Black, her kitty cat Mr. B. and her parents Guy and Marie Boshears of Harriman TN. Survived by her daughters Stephanie O'Brien and her husband Michael O'Brien and Cynthia Ellison and her husband Tim Ellison, her brother Joseph Boshears and his wife Charlotte, her sisters Norma Jean Boshears, and Betty McClure, a host of nieces and nephews and her granddaughters by choice - Emma, GeriAnn, Sarah, Catherine Kelly and Jessica, and her treasured neighborhood daughters from Farr Dr. Frankie worked her entire career in nursing at Fort Sanders Hospital and after 45 years retired in 2007. Frankie will be remembered by her love of reading, her love of her kitty cats, her many years of being a UT fan - GO VOLS!, will lovingly be remembered for burning all biscuits or bread she ever attempted to bake, for making the best chipped beef gravy ever, her support of Tennessee Artist Association, for always being ready with a cup of cocoa and her passion for nursing and the love for all those she cared for throughout her life. Memorials in Frankie's name may be made to Young-Williams Animal Village 6400 Kingston Pike #4833 or Concord United Methodists Church (Food Pantry Services) 11020 Roane Dr. Knoxville TN 37934. The family will receive friends at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel located at 6200 Kingston Pike on Thursday August 29 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. A service for Frankie will follow at 6:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather at 10:45 am on Friday at Highland Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service. Online condolences may be extended at www.rosemortuary.com
William L. Blair
Class of 1955
Memoriam
William Lowry Blair, age 85 of Knoxville, TN, passed away on January 31, 2019. Bill was a dedicated man who loved his family. A US Army Veteran, Bill retired as a partner from JC Bradford & Company and enjoyed time with his wife, children & grandchildren. A life-long lover of sports, nicknamed "Slug" during his playing days at Alcoa High School in baseball, basketball and football. He was a graduate of Maryville College. Bill also dominated the golf course, and was an avid dancer. Bill will always be remembered for his integrity, love of family, and faithfulness. Bill was preceded in death by first wife, Jane Waters Blair; brother, John Edwin Blair; sister, Mary Ellen Giles; and parents, John William and Mary Davidson Blair. He is survived and will be missed by his beloved wife of 36 years, Geraldine Perry Blair; previous wife, Lee F. McMillan; sons, William W. Blair and wife Sherry; John F. Blair and wife Wendy; daughters, Christy Blair Kenny and husband Patrick, Libby Blair Long; step-daughters, Lisa Hatfield Denner and husband Boyd, Teresa Hatfield LeCroy and husband John; ten grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nephew, Tony Giles; niece Connie E. Giles; and a host of extended family and friends. The Funeral Service is Sunday, February 3rd at Rose Mann Heritage Chapel, 6200 Kingston Pike at 6:00pm, with Pastor Tony Giles officiating. The family will receive friends prior from 5:00-6:00pm. A Graveside Service will be held at Sherwood Memorial Garden on Monday, February 4th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Knoxville Fire Fighter's or Alzheimer's TN in his memory. Online condolences may be made at rosemortuary.com.
Mary Bundy Boozer
Class of 1959
Memoriam
Mary Faye Bundy Boozer, 79, of Hoover, AL, passed away Monday evening, October 9, 2017. She was a deeply devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Mary Faye demonstrated her endearing qualities of selflessness, kind-heartedness in her many years of educating public and private school students. She is remembered as a meticulously organized homemaker and educator who was a great storyteller, soft-spoken, and a lover of the color blue. Mary Faye earned her bachelor degree in education at Maryville College in Maryville, TN. She was a member of the McCalla (AL) Bible Church. Mary Faye was predeceased by her parents, Percy and Irene Bundy, and her brother, Percy Bundy Jr. Survivors include Mary Faye's husband of 57 years, Alec Boozer; two daughters, Karen Gilbert (Jeremy) and Julie Armstrong (Tim); one granddaughter, Jessica Armstrong; and one sister, Dianne Fisher (Ben).
Richard W. Boyd
Class of 1943
Memoriam
Dr. Richard W. Boyd passed away on April 3, 2016.
Carl Boyer
Class of 1959
Memoriam
Former Mayor Carl Boyer III, teacher, genealogist, historian, author, philanthropist and City of Santa Clarita founding father, died Wednesday morning. He was 81. Boyer had been in declining health and most recently was in hospice in Saugus, not far from his residence there. "Our father is the best man we've ever known," Boyer's three daughters, Michèle, Denise and Danielle, said in a joint statement Wednesday afternoon. "He has been steadfast in all of his endeavors and has never wavered. His life goal was simple and profound: He wanted to be a useful member of society. There is no better role model than our father, Carl Boyer." Boyer and his wife Chris moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in the 1960s to raise their family but soon concluded that Los Angeles County politicians in faraway downtown L.A. were less than responsive when it came to issues affecting the SCV. By decade's end, he was pushing his SCV neighbors to break away from L.A. County by forming a new county whose leaders would be more local. The bid to form Canyon County in 1976 and again in 1978 won voter approval within the Santa Clarita Valley but needed the support of voters across the county, which didn't come. Undaunted, Boyer pushed for cityhood instead and became the first chairman of the City of Santa Clarita Formation Committee in late 1986. He guided the process that resulted in Santa Clarita's incorporation as a city on December 15, 1987, won a seat on the first Santa Clarita City Council, and served two terms as mayor before he retired from office in 1998. Boyer documented the route to cityhood in his acclaimed book, "Santa Clarita: The Formation and Organization of the Largest Newly Incorporated City in the History of Humankind," first published in 2005, with a second edition published in 2015. According to the book's "About the Author" introduction, Boyer was born in Philadelphia in 1937, was educated at Nether Providence High School in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Maryville College in Tennessee, The Edinburgh University in Scotland, Trinity University in Texas (B.A. in history), the University of Cincinnati (M.Ed. in secondary education), and other graduate schools. Boyer married Chris Kruse in 1962, and they had three children: Michèle Boyer, Denise (married first to the late Scotty Plummer, then to Russ Johnson, and mother of Kylen Plummer), and Danielle (mother of Riana and Aidan Vermillion). Wife Chris predeceased him last year. Boyer taught 40 years in public schools in Texas, Kentucky, Ohio and California, including 35 years at San Fernando High School (1963-1998). In 1969, as a result of serving on the Del Prado condominium owners association, he became interested in forming a local government. It was not easy for a small population in what was then a rural area to communicate with the staff of the largest county in the world. Boyer served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Clarita Community College District from 1973 to 1981 (president, 1979-1981) and as a director of the former Castaic Lake Water Agency from 1982 to 1984. Boyer was also a noted genealogist who authored more than a dozen popular books on the family genealogy. During the 1960s, he was encouraged by his mother-in-law and her family to research and publish "Slade-Babcock Genealogy," the first of about a dozen distinct titles in the field. All were self-published and profitable. As he is descended from Count Boso IV of Arles, Boyer could say with a straight face that he is from "a long line of Bosos." He spoke at a number of genealogical seminars throughout the western United States, and was the American Key Speaker at the World Mayors' Conference in Jaipur, India, in 1998. The Boyers were involved in hosting the first group of Soviet high school students visiting Southern California in 1990, and arranging college scholarships for some of them. At that time he was one of the founders of the Santa Clarita Valley International Program. With his wife Chris, who did much of the work, he was active in caring for children brought to the United States for donated medical treatment by Healing the Children. Kids from Colombia, Guatemala, Russia, Mexico and Ecuador have recuperated from open-heart surgery and other operations in the Boyers' home before being reunited with their families. In addition, he served as a gofer for an open-heart surgery team in Ecuador, and for a team that traveled repeatedly to Estelí, Nicaragua, to perform eye surgeries. Since his retirement in 1998, Boyer continued to push to get Santa Clarita more involved in the world. He visited more than 140 countries (many of them as a chaperone of student groups) and both of Santa Clarita's sister cities, Tena in Ecuador and Sariaya in the Philippines. He also served as a volunteer consultant to Sofia, Bulgaria, and Bandung Regency, Indonesia. Boyer remained convinced that many governments are too big for us to manage. "Had I not been fearful of losing a few hundred dollars that my wife Chris and I had invested in buying our first home, I might never have become involved in community affairs and politics," he wrote in the book's foreword. Yet Boyer would not overstate his role in Santa Clarita's cityhood: "In any event, the City of Santa Clarita would have been born roughly when it was, but I would not have been involved and I would probably have spent the last few years working on another book on family history." Tribute from Laurene Weste, Santa Clarita City Council member "Carl was the most gracious, determined man I think I ever met," said Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurene Weste, who was Boyer's appointee as Parks Commissioner for nearly his entire tenure on the City Council, from 1988-1998. "He had a way of strongly pushing forward with what he believed in, but he was always gracious about it," she said. "There were just things Carl knew we had to do, and he firmly believed that we had the talent, the drive, and the will to create a very strong and healthy city and have everything that the public here wanted and deserved, and I commend him for his extreme and extraordinary efforts," Weste said. "He went to Sacramento and worked really hard to create Canyon County," she said of Boyer's 1970s secession bids. "He was aware of the planning and work we needed to do to remain a very special community, and that we had to have a different and closer form of government. I think everyone was devastated when that effort failed. "But after that, Carl was very strongly an advocate in creating a city," Weste said. "He literally helped put the city of Santa Clarita together. He believed in self-governance, and that as a community with our own government, we would be able to do what couldn't be done any other way. He was so committed to this community, and there are so many things as a city founder that he made sure we got. He did great things. I strongly believe he made a tremendous difference in our valley." Boyer, in fact, encouraged Weste to apply for the city's Parks Commission in 1988. She was appointed and served for a decade until she was elected to the City Council in 1998 - after he encouraged her to run. "Carl said, 'You have to do this,'" Weste said. "'If you value the system of creating a natural environment out there and open spaces, if you care about our history, old town, trails, beautiful parks,' he said, 'you have to keep working to keep it going.' "He loved nature and was committed to having the best of the best for this community," she said. "Carl helped stop the huge landfill that was going in Towsley Canyon, where we now have Ed Davis Park. He supported me in working with Senator Ed Davis to create the Santa Clarita Woodlands Park, which is wonderful because he knew that we had to do that. "Open space, the trails - all those things I've worked on all the way through since then were things that Carl supported," Weste said. "I deeply appreciate that he allowed me to continue to work on all of the things he believed in and that I think are some of the best parts of our community." Not all of Boyer's visions for Santa Clarita would get past the envisioning stage, though. "The only thing I ever teased him about was when he wanted to renumber all the houses in Santa Clarita, so we wouldn't have these long L.A. County numbers," Weste said. "He thought we ought to have a simpler numbering system, like 624 Main, instead of these numbers that start from Downtown L.A.," she said, similar to Beverly Hills or Santa Monica. "It was cute because Carl says, 'Well, it'll just be classy.' He was right, but people don't want to change their addresses, so it didn't happen." Boyer's four decades of teaching school and his later philanthropic work on behalf of international students and disabled children exemplified his love for young people, Weste said. "He loved kids - he was a teacher and really did work to mentor," she said. "That makes such a difference in children's lives. I helped Carl work on (fundraising for) the Santa Clarita Valley International Program to save children and bring children here from other countries. He and his wife worked very hard on that. "They brought children here who were badly incapacitated and would care for them to get them to surgeries and things that wouldn't happen in other countries," Weste said. "These children were basically just castaways, but he and Chris just gave their love and hearts and support, and helped save children." Memorial services are in the planning stages for the weekend of June 22-23.