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In Memoriam: Robert Boord

Professor emeritus taught anatomy at UD for 30 years

Robert L. Boord, of Newark, Delaware, a comparative anatomist who was professor emeritus in the University of Delaware’s Department of Biological Sciences, died Feb. 17, 2017, at age 90.

Prof. Boord served in the U.S. Army from 1945-46 and then attended Washington and Jefferson College, where he joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in 1960 and became an instructor at Duke University before joining the UD faculty in 1962, where he served until retiring in 1992.

The National Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke Council awarded Prof. Boord the Jacob L. Javitz Neuroscience Investigator Award. He was one of the first 20 scientists to receive the national award.

At UD, Prof. Boord supported the Delta Tau Delta chapter and served the Lutheran campus ministry.

An avid golfer, he spent many hours at Newark Country Club, scoring two holes-in-one there in addition to two while visiting other courses.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Baird; his daughter, Amanda McGrady and her husband, Jackson, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; grandson, Andrew; brothers, Bill Boord (Irene) of Ormond Beach, Florida, and Paul Boord (Sissy) of Point Marion, Pennsylvania; nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at noon, with greetings beginning at 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 701 South College Ave., Newark, Delaware.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation, 10000 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038.

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