Boyd Jr. dies at 84 promoted science center

J. .C.

November 05, 1990

A memorial service for J. Cookman Boyd Jr., a Baltimore lawyer and former chairman of the Maryland Academy of Sciences, will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at Charles and Saratoga streets.

Mr. Boyd died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital following a stroke. He was 84.

Until his brief illness, Mr. Boyd maintained numerous civic interests and was active in his practice with the law firm of Boyd Benson & Hendrickson.

Mr. Boyd graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1927 and the University of Maryland School of Law in 1930. He went into law practice with his father, a former president of the city parks board.

Well-known for wearing bow-ties made by his wife, the former Nancy Froome Long, "Cookie" Boyd's greatest pride was in his work for the Maryland Academy of Sciences.

He and a close friend, Allan C. Davis, an engineer, inventor and businessman, developed a keen interest in the academy early in their careers and were instrumental in the rejuvenation effort that eventually led to its expansion from cramped quarters in the Pratt Library's Central Branch and on Mulberry Street to construction of its own building at the Inner Harbor.

Mr. Boyd was also a past president of the United Service Organizations, served two terms as president of the local Young Men's Christian Association and served as general chairman of the Baltimore Safety Council.

He also had been general counsel to the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce and was a founder of and general counsel to the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He traveled abroad to promote trade for the Port of Baltimore.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 56 years, are a daughter, Jane B. Carr of Roseboom, N.Y.; two sons, J. Cookman Boyd III and Robert F. Boyd, both of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Maryland Academy of Sciences.

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