DURANT, Okla. – Dr. Edwin C. Boynton devoted his life to education, family, and community.
His legacy will carry on with the establishment of the Edwin C. Boynton Endowed Scholarship at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
A ceremony to announce the $100,000 endowed scholarship was held Oct. 5 in the Magnolia Room on the Southeastern campus. Speakers at the event included the late educator’s son, Paul Boynton, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, State Regent John Massey, Southeastern president Larry Minks, and Southeastern executive director for advancement Kyle Stafford.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Boynton earned his doctorate at the University of Texas after obtaining his bachelor’s and master’s at Stephen F. Austin University and Louisiana State University.
He and his wife Betty moved to Durant in 1959, where he served as a professor and later director of the graduate program until retirement in 1994.
He was also very active in the community with such organizations as the Lions Club and the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Boynton served on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Heritage Association for 15 years.
Joining Betty at the scholarship ceremony were son Paul, daughter Beth Rambo, and grandson John Boynton.
Dr. Boynton had a great impact on many students and one of his former students has endowed this scholarship in honor of him.