Robert L. Boord of Newark, Del., 90, comparative anatomist and Professor Emeritus of the University of Delaware, passed away on February 17, 2017. Born on July 29, 1926 in Masontown, PA, he was the son of the late James Edward Boord and Helen Demko.

Robert served in the U.S. Army (1945-1946). Upon discharge, he attended Washington and Jefferson College where he joined Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He obtained his PhD from the University of Maryland (1960) and became an instructor at Duke University. He joined the faculty at the University of Delaware (1962), obtained the rank of Professor (1977) and Professor Emeritus (1992). The National Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke Council awarded Dr. Boord the Jacob L. Javitz Neuroscience Investigator Award, one of the first 20 scientists to receive this national award.

An avid golfer, Robert spent many hours at Newark Country Club scoring two holes-in-one as well as two while visiting other courses. He supported the Delta Tau Delta chapter and served the Lutheran campus ministry all at UD.

Robert is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Baird; his daughter, Amanda McGrady and husband, Jackson, of Fredericksburg, VA and grandson, Andrew; his brothers: Bill Boord (Irene) of Ormond Beach, FL; Paul Boord (Sissy) of Point Marion, PA; nephews and nieces, and grand nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 24, 12 Noon with greetings beginning at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Ave., Newark, DE.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation”, 10000 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038.

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“Thousands of thanks are due to those who reared him, comrades in the U.S. Army, professional mentors and colleagues, fraternal brothers of Delta Tau Delta, members of the Newark Country Club, and countless others with whom he came in contact. His earthly life, however, would be for naught without the love and support of Mary with whom he will be until the end of time. He looks to the life eternal praising God with the company of Angels and Saints in His Heavenly Kingdom.”

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