In Memoriam: Robert Boye

    Date Posted: 
    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Robert Boye, The University of Arizona and College of Optical Sciences' 2016 Alumnus of the Year, passed away on January 10th after a two-year battle with ALS at his home in Albuquerque, NM with his wife, Susan, and two sons, Cal and Dash, by his side.

    Rob enjoyed a very successful career in optics which included his final position as a manager of the Physics-Based Microsystems department at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque. He was also a trustee of the Boye Foundation, which has supported the College by funding scholarships and laboratory enhancements for nearly 15 years.  Last year, his body of scholarly and philanthropic work was recognized by the University of Arizona and the College of Optical Sciences when he was awarded Alumnus of the Year.

    As a soccer fan Rob's final wishes were that his family and friends come together, in whatever soccer jerseys they prefer, to eat barbecue and make toasts to a life well lived. A celebration of his life is planned for the 20th of January, at his home in Albuquerque, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

    In lieu of flowers, the Boye family has requested that memorial contributions be made to: The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research or the New Mexico chapter of the ALS Association. If you are interested in making a donation to the Boye Family Graduate Student Scholarship at the College of Optical Sciences please visit our website, or contact Kaye Rowan.

    Read Rob's full obituary.

    Rob was featured in a 2015 issue of Etendue, where he reflected on his time as a student.

    ...Angus MacLeod stopping mid-equation to listen to the sounds of a bagpiper, Ray writing equations so long they ran off the end of the blackboard, Roy Frieden’s obvious (yet subtle) delight at recounting the achievements of dead French mathematicians. The real value of these stories is that they were shared with my cohort, and they have become lifelong colleagues and friends.

    More about Rob, his career and life, may be found on the OSC website. UA to Honor Robert R. Boye Ph.D. as 2016 Alumnus of the Year in Optical Sciences. Alumni of the Year Awards Ceremony and Luncheon Photo Gallery. Etendue: Robert Boye.