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Passing: Pierre D. Boy, Former Professor of Military Science

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Pierre Donald Boy '39
Pierre D. Boy '39, Former Professor of Military Science

A memorial service for Pierre Donald Boy ’39 will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Georges Church. A former professor of military science in UNH’s ROTC program, Boy died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011.

Boy worked as director of the Alumni Affairs, and served as a member of the UNH 100 Hall of Fame selection committee for many years. He received a number of honors from the university including the Profile of Service (2005) and the Alumni Meritorious Service Award (1973). He was a member of the UNH 100 Club Athletic Hall of Fame and UNH Army ROTC Hall of Fame.  

Born in Scotstown, Quebec, Canada on April 15, 1914, he was the son of Donald Boy and Lea Eugenie Rosalie Pigeon. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Anne Erwin Ferguson, in 2005.

Boy graduated from Berlin High School in 1934. After working as a lumberjack for the Brown Paper Company, he arrived at the UNH in the fall of 1935, beginning a life-long association. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry in 1939.

While at UNH, Boy worked as a head waiter in the dining hall and became a member of the Reserve Officers Training Program (ROTC). Although a gifted athlete in a number of sports, he focused on basketball and was team captain his senior year.  He was vice president of the class of 1939. 

Upon graduating UNH, Boy went into service with the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lt. and was stationed in Panama when Pearl Harbor was attacked. He retired as a colonel in 1969 after 30 years of service to his country. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Pierre’s memory to the charity of one’s choice.