Dr. Willard Harold Boynton, “Doc,” died Aug. 3, 2014 on Monhegan Island, surrounded by three generations of his family along With his caregiver.
Doc was born April 9, 1914, to parents, Willard Rollins Boynton and Fronie (Fletcher) Boynton In Groveland, Mass.
Doc graduated from the University of Massachetts with a bachelor of the arts degree, Yale University with a master’s of public health and Tufts University with a medical degree. He practiced family medicine in Bethel and was the school physician for Gould Academy from 1944-1956. He then joined the State Department, USAID branch, for a long career in overseas Public Health projects. While with USAID he worked in several continents and many countries throughout the world.
His first post was in Viet Nam for seven years. Among his accomplishments was the building of a medical school in Saigon and work eradicating malaria throughout the country. His career in later years was in population control for which he received a distinguished award from the U.S. Congress.
Doc was predeceased by his wife Ruth of 64 years (D-2003) and his sister Marion. His beloved older brother James died two days before him.
Doc leaves his five children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His children include David Boynton of Brunswick, Susan Koerher of Dunbarton, N.H., Douglas and Willard Boynton of Monhegan Island and Sally Boynton of Weston, Conn. Grandchildren are Marisa and Claire Boynton of Monhegan Island, Heather Nunes of Sudbury, Mass., Sara Galantowicz of Arlington, Mass. and Christopher Koerber of North Haven.