The Libraries are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Wayne Boyce, University of Arkansas alumnus (BA 1950, LLB 1951) and former faculty member, United States Army veteran, and endowment benefactor for the University of Arkansas Libraries.

From his obituary:

He graduated from Tuckerman High School in 1943, attended the Citadel in Charleston, S.C. before enlisting in the army. He shipped to the South Pacific as an infantryman and reclassified upon arrival as a combat medic. He was awarded the Combat Medic Badge, Bronze Star, and Philippine Victory Medal.

After his service, he attended and graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with an undergraduate degree in history and political science, and with a JD from the U of A law school in 1951. Returning to Jackson County, he was appointed Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County. He later served two terms as Prosecuting Attorney for the Third Judicial District before entering the private practice of law with a legal career spanning more than 50 years, the last nine with his son in the offices of Boyce & Boyce. He held statewide office as president of the Arkansas Bar Association, as well as various committees of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas and Board of Trustees of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. Locally, he was a member and past president of many organizations including the Newport Rotary Club, Newport Country Club, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Jackson County Bar Association, Jackson County Historical Society, and Trails to Tuckerman Historical Society.

The full obituary is available here.

In 2000, Wayne established an endowment to honor the memory of his wife of 45 years, Phyllis W. Boyce. The Phyllis W. Boyce Memorial Endowment was designed to support “the purchase of periodicals, books, tapes, recordings, and all other types of publications and materials, or for other purposes deemed appropriate by the Dean.” A study area on the east side of Level 3 in Mullins Library is named in her honor.