Dr. WilmaRia Kim Boyd
WilmaRia Kim Boyd passed away July 4, 2016 at Linda Vista Nursing Home following an illness of many years. She was born May 21, 1930 to the family of Max Wruck in Berlin, Germany where she grew up during the war and remained until emigrating to the United States as a war bride in 1948.She and her husband settled in Spokane, Wash. where they raised a family of two daughters while both worked and attended college. She was awarded a full scholarship to Eastern Washington University by the Washington State PTA. While working nights as a long-distance telephone operator, she graduated magna cum laude in three years with B.A. degrees in both Secondary Education and Foreign Language and Literature.Her career in education began in Spokane teaching a self-contained seventh grade for almost three years before her selection as the television teacher for the German-language program in the Spokane Public Schools. For four years, she taught the language over the entire KREM and KHQ-TV viewing area (eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana.) In addition, she also supervised the foreign language curricula for the Spokane schools and produced two half-hour programs for each school day as well as in-service programs for the teachers. During this time, she finished her MA degree in Elementary Education at EWU, taught evening classes for teachers at the local college, and by herself built (as fast as she could afford the materials) a three-bedroom house for the family with the building code book in one hand and a hammer in the other. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen April 15, 1955.In 1963, she received an NDEA Graduate Fellowship which helped her begin her doctoral studies at the University of Oregon. From 1964-70, while pursuing her doctorate, she was employed as the State Coordinator of Educational Television and Multi-media Development as well as Acting Head, Office of Independent Study in the Office of the Chancellor of Oregon Higher Education in Eugene. She earned her private pilot's license in 1967 and used her own airplane to travel the state accomplishing her several duties in the Chancellor's office. In 1970, she moved to Staples, Minnesota where for three years she was Curriculum Coordinator and Senior English Teacher at the local high school. At the same time, she also ran a 250 cow dairy farm and was Chief of Search and Rescue for a Civil Air Patrol Wing. In 1973, she returned to the University of Oregon as a visiting assistant professor and graduate teaching fellow in the College of Education. She completed her PhD in 1975 with a double major and also received a certificate as a superintendent of schools.Having completed her doctorate, she was subsequently made Director of all the Media Services for the University of Oregon; served as Executive Assistant to the President of Winona State University in Minnesota; headed Iowa Public Broadcasting Network's Educational Division; and was Dean of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Europe. Over the span of her career, she was the author or co-author of many articles which appeared in juried journals. In 1963, she was awarded the national first prize (Mitch Miller award) for television documentary drama in the college/university competition. She was later awarded the Marketing Grand Prize by the Central Educational Network in 1984. In that same year, she represented the United States at the International Telecommunications Seminar, Tel Aviv, Israel. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, AAUW, Northwest Council for Management of Educational Technology, and the Central Educational Network.In 1988, she married retired Marine Corps Colonel Daniel Z. Boyd. After retiring from her position as dean with Embry Riddle University, they returned to the family acreage south of Ashland. She enjoyed classical music, reading, the theatre, gardening, skiing, and all of her horses, dogs, and cats. In retirement, she was a member of PEO, Master Gardeners, and Siskiyou Dine and Discover.She is survived by her husband, Daniel Boyd and step-daughter, Carol Boyd, of Portland, Oregon.By personal request, there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Oregon Humane Society, 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford, Oregon 97501 or a charity of choice.