Willard “Sandy” Boyd, who was president of the University of Iowa for 12 years died on Tuesday. He was in charge of the campus during the Vietnam War. He was 95. The university wouldn’t say what killed the person.
Boyd was born in 1927 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He got a bachelor of science in law and a bachelor of laws from the University of Minnesota. At the University of Michigan he got a master of law and a doctor of juridical science.
After two years as a lawyer in Minneapolis, he joined the law faculty at the University of Iowa in 1954. From 1969 to 1981, Boyd was the president of Iowa.
In 1981, he moved to Chicago to lead the Field Museum of Natural History. Later he went back to the UI as a law professor. In 2002 and 2003, he was the school’s interim president.
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During Boyd’s time as president, the UI grew a lot, with more students enrolling and more buildings being built. He was also known for how he handled student protests during the Vietnam War. These protests got heated at times, but they never turned into riots or caused serious injuries.
“In large part, this was because Sandy maintained a high degree of presidential visibility at all times,” N. William Hines, dean emeritus of the College of Law stated in an obituary released by the university.
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“He kept in close contact with law enforcement officers, he regularly made himself available to hear the grievances of disgruntled students, and he recruited a group of trusted faculty volunteers to walk the campus to help keep the peace during the peak of the disorders.”
Boyd’s wife, Susan Kuehn Boyd, their three children and seven grandchildren will carry on after him… Follow us only on Lee Daily for more news like this.