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In Remembrance: Dr. Benjamin Boyd

Posted on February 20, 2018

The ICO is greatly saddened by the loss of Honorary Life Member Dr. Benjamin Boyd, who passed away at his home on 5 February 2018.

“I was delighted when I first met Ben and came to learn about his good humor and compassion,” says ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor. “His presence, good judgment, and clarity have been missed in the recent years when he could no longer attend ICO Board meetings.”

Dr. Boyd joined the ICO in 1978 and received the International Duke Elder Medal in 1990. He served as Executive Director of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) from 1960–1985 and was its President from 1985–1987. The PAAO’s Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award was created in 1987 to honor those who have substantially served the Americas to preserve and restore vision.

Dr. Boyd was a member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and a gifted editor. His publications include: The Definite History of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (1940-2001); Highlights of Ophthalmology 1962 (digitized in 2001); and Witness to History, 2009.

"This dear friend and giant leader in ophthalmology was unique in his commitment and capacity to lead and bring positive change. His legion of friends will grieve his passing," says ICO Past-President Dr. Bruce Spivey.

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