Roberta M. "Bobbie" Boykin, lawyer

She also was a yachtswoman

  • Roberta Maccoun Boykin
Roberta Maccoun Boykin (Baltimore Sun )
September 21, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Roberta M. "Bobbie" Boykin, an attorney and yachtswoman, died Sept. 13 of breast cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

The former Ruxton resident was 49.

The daughter of a businessman and a homemaker, Roberta Maccoun Boykin was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton. She was a 1981 graduate of Garrison Forest School and made her debut that year at the Bachelors Cotillon.

She earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1985 from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., where she played varsity lacrosse and was a member of the rowing team.

Ms. Boykin graduated with a law degree and a master's degree in business in a joint program at the University of Maryland in 1989.

She began her legal career at Ober Kaler in Baltimore. A year later, she moved to Cherry Hill, N.J., when she joined the legal department of Nortel, a telecommunications company.

Ms. Boykin later moved to New York City, where she worked for a small telecommunications company before joining Ernst & Young in 1998, where she eventually rose to become the company's director of the American office of ethics and compliance.

She was on a medical leave at the time of her death, family members said.

Since 1999, she had been a resident of Larchmont, N.Y. She was an accomplished yachtswoman and a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club, where she was principal race officer on the race committee.

Ms. Boykin, who played golf, also coached youth lacrosse in Larchmont.

She was a member of the Gibson Island Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and Chapter 1 of the Colonial Dames of America.

"Her main interest was her twin 10-year old sons, Carter James Boykin-Holland and Andrew William Boykin-Holland," said a sister, Carol Boykin of Ruxton.

She had been a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, and was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Larchmont, where funeral services were held this week. Plans for a memorial service to be held at a later date in Baltimore are incomplete.

In addition to her sons and sister, Ms. Boykin is survived by her husband of 13 years, James William Holland, a heavy-industry consultant and adviser; her mother, Carolyn Boykin of Ruxton; another sister, Betsy Boykin of Bolton Hill; and 12 cousins.

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