FREDERIC BOYD, the son of the late Landis Boyd, Sr. and Lillian Lewis, was born March 29, 1932, in East St. Louis, Illinois. He attended the renowned Crispus Attucks Elementary School and graduated from Lincoln Senior High School in East St. Louis.
Frederic continued his education and received a Bachelors degree from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, and later a Masters degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He also completed courses in postgraduate studies at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. He was also a fraternity brother with Kappa Alpha Psi ®.
Frederic was drafted into the U.S. Army and in due course received an honorable discharge. He was employed by the United States Postal Service as a mail clerk, and afterwards, the St. Louis Public Schools.
During his career with the St. Louis public school district, he served as a physical education teacher, assistant principal of Turner Middle School, and the school principal of the Eugene Field Elementary School. He was dedicated, and known by his colleagues to be professional, fair and understanding. He had excellent leadership qualities in that he led by example and was very supportive of his staff. Very few teachers wanted to transfer from the school where he served as principal until his retirement.
Frederic was a well-respected East St. Louis political leader in the capacities of which he served: Precinct Committeeman; Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee; School District 189 President and East St. Louis Township Supervisor. Compassion and understanding of the needs of the constituents motivated him to provide job opportunities for many of the citizens of East St. Louis.
This interest was reflected in his personal fitness program, jogging three times a week and bike riding 30-40 miles. Even after a stroke, he frequented yoga class with tenacity and determination.
He received his Christian education and was baptized at Greater New Hope Baptist Church under the pastorate of Reverend W. P. Alexander. When his neighbors asked him how he was, he responded, “God is good!”
Frederic peacefully transitioned from earth to heaven at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
Federic Boyd was a tremendous example for many. He was a gentleman, compassionate, caring and generous. He is genuinely missed.