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Donald W. Boyd -- 1996 -- Outstanding Former Faculty
Geology and Geophysics Department
Donald W. Boyd's 37-year career at the University of Wyoming was characterized by dedication to students and excellence in teaching. Boyd had geology degrees from Ohio State (B.S., 1949) and Columbia (Ph.D., 1957) universities.
From 1956 through 1993, he worked for the University of Wyoming, shepherding 50 graduate students to completion of masters' or Ph.D.s. In 1969, he received the Standard Oil Foundation Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching.
Throughout his career, Boyd was an active researcher. At a time when many paleontologists were content with describing and naming their finds, Boyd took the next step of trying to discern the process of fossilization.
In the 1960s, he received a grant to build a 45-foot-long flume so his students could observe sediment transport firsthand. At the time, UW was one of only a few schools to have this capability.
Boyd was coeditor of UW's Contributions to Geology (1976-1988) and served on major University committees. His work on honors programs was especially important to him. In 1988, he was appointed director of the University Honors Program. He remained an active researcher, and continues so today. Much of his paleontological work has been published by the American Museum of Natural History, where he has been a research associate since 1967.