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8/5/2014 2:52:00 PM
Dr. Willard "Doc" Harold Boynton
April 9, 1914 - Aug. 3, 2014

Dr. Willard "Doc" Harold Boynton died Aug. 3 on Monhegan Island, surrounded by three generations of his family along with his caregiver. Doc was born on April 9, 1914 to Willard Rollins Boynton and Fronie (Fletcher) Boynton in Groveland, Mass.

Doc graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A., Yale University with a masters 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 on several continents and in many countries throughout the world.

His first post was in Vietnam 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 of 64 years, Ruth (2003); sister, Marion; and older brother James who died two days before him.

Doc leaves his children, David Boynton of Brunswick, Susan Koerher of Dunbarton, N.H., Douglas and Willard Boynton of Monhegan Island, and Sally Boynton of Weston, Conn.; grandchildren, Marisa and Claire Boynton of Monhegan Island, Heather Nunes of Sudbury, Mass., Sara Galantowicz of Arlington, Mass., and Christopher Koerber of North Haven; eight great-grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews.

A celebration to honor Doc's life will be held on Monhegan Island for his family and friends.

Contributions in Doc's memory may be made to Monhegan Associates, 1 Main St., Monhegan Island, ME 04852.

You are invited to share your condolences and memories with the family by visiting their book of memories at

Hall's of Thomaston, 78 Main St., Thomaston, is caring for the family.

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• Hall's of Thomaston

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