Originally created 01/23/04

Dr. George Boyd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)



AUGUSTA, Ga.- On Sunday, January 18, 2004, Dr. George Felix Boyd entered into rest at Providence Hospital in Columbia, S.C. Dr. Boyd was born in Augusta to the late Rev. Robert L. Boyd and Mrs. Marie Shumake Boyd. He attended Walker Baptist Institute and Charles T. Walker Elementary School in Augusta, Finishing Paine College High School in 1941. He was a Navy Veteran, he attended Virginia Union University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948, in 1950 he was awarded a Master of Science degree from the University of Oregon and began his distinguished career in Psychology. In August 1968 George made history, becoming the first African American to be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Maine, merging his life-long love of music with life intellectual acumen for Psychology. George produced the dissertation "The perceptibility and discriminability of sharps and flat symbols in musical signature". Dr. Boyd was wi dely published in his field of Psychology, with articles appearing in such distinguished journals as The Journal of Social Psychology and the Journal of General Psychology. Dr. Boyd joined the faculty of South Carolina State College where he retired in 1990. Left to cherish his memory, two loving sisters, Robbie Louise Clark, Atlanta and Ammamozel (Ulysses) Byas Macon, Ga. and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Graveside services will be held Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 3 p.m. in Mt. Olive Memorial Gardens with Rev. Dr. Charles Smith officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 2:45 p.m. The Historic Dent's Undertaking Establishment serving the CSRA since the 1800's. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle January 23, 2004