Frederick C. Boykin ’43

Frederick C. Boykin ’43, of Pensacola, Fla., was born March 25, 1922, in Akron, Ohio, and passed away peacefully on Dec. 29. Boykin graduated from Davidson and was accepted at Emory Medical School, where he earned his medical degree in June 1945. Boykin served his internship at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and entered the U.S. Navy Medical Corps in 1947. He was transferred to inactive duty after 28 months of service, and began his neurological surgery training at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. He completed his training in 1953, at which time he entered into private practice as a neurosurgeon in Shreveport, La. He practiced there until 1985, when he moved to Florida to enjoy his retirement by pursuing his passion for boating. During Boykin’s medical career, he was on active/courtesy staff at Christus Schumpert Hospital, Willis Knighton Hospital, and Confederate Memorial Hospital (now known as LSU Health Sciences Center). He served as a diplomat on the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and was a member of the Harvey Cushing Society and American Association of Neurological Surgery Society. He was also the first president of the Louisiana Neurological Surgical Society. Boykin was preceded in death by his parents, William A. and Patricia Henry Boykin. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lois Little Boykin, 5269 Pale Moon Dr., Pensacola, FL 32507; previous wife, Betty Robinson Hilliard; stepsister, Carol Abdenour; daughter, Babs Roggero (Tony); son, Fred Boykin (Jane); three grandchildren, Aubrie Patton (Todd), Will Roggero, and Hannah Boykin; stepdaughters, Maria Adams (Clay) and Helen Graham; stepson, John Sekas (Erin); and step-grandchildren, Hayes and Grey Adams, Ashley and John Graham, and Sean and Nick Sekas.