John Covert Boyd

Inducted on August 2, 2003

Brother John Covert Boyd was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1850, at Bradford Springs, Sumner County South Carolina. After preparing for college at private colleges in Charleston, South Carolina, Boyd spent two years at the University of Virginia from 1869-1871 and served Zeta Chapter as its first Grand Scribe. Brother Boyd lived off Grounds at the Social Hall with Founder Edmund Law Rogers, Jr.

Boyd began his medical course in the second year at Virginia, and then entered the medical department of the University of the City of New York, where he received his M.D. in 1872.

Brother Boyd was appointed an assistant surgeon in the Navy Medical Corps. In 1902, he was appointed a professor in the Naval Medical College. In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt designated Boyd to help incorporate the American National Red Cross.

Brothers Boyd and McCormick were lifelong friends and spent winters at McCormick’s home in Coconut Grove, Florida.