In Memory

James Boyvey

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09/03/09 08:17 PM #1    

Larry Russell

James and I were in college together for 4 years and lived in the same dorm. I really didn't know him well until we went off to college, but he would come by my room from time to time for a visit. I found out that he was pretty interesting to talk to; he really knew his engineering, and we'd talk about that and other things some. I gradually got to know him and appreciate his intelligence a lot. He sailed right on through Rice without any trouble, and not many did (me included). He was ready to go out and do great things as an electrical engineer, and he would have been a good one. One thing in particular that I remember is that he was always positive and laughed a lot with an interesting kind of chuckle.

Unfortunately, just a couple of days after our first graduation (after 4 years one got a BA in had to go on for an extra year to get a BS), James died in a car accident. It was a real shame to lose him so soon.

07/06/10 11:05 PM #2    

Tom Bray

My memories of James date back to junior high where his mother was the librarian.  James was extremely intelligent, and entered the science fair in the 9th grade.  He should have won it with what he made, but it was so complex that the judges didn't understand it.

Perhaps my best memories of James are at Monterey Tech in the summer of 1959 where we roomed together while taking 3rd year Spanish.   At one point he had us fill over 20 sinks in the dorm restroom with solutions at just the right temperature to develop Kodacolor pictures that we had taken.   On one of our Saturday excursions we all went to the Carta Blanca brewery where they served us complementary beer.  Many of us got very drunk!

When I heard he had died in an auto accident, I couldn't accept that the world was going to miss out on what he could have achieved during his life.




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