M. McKendree Boyer

Dr. M. McKendree Boyer was born in Damascus, March 25. 1907, a son of the late Dr. George M. and Annie Bowman Boyer.

Dr. Boyer was graduated from Damascus High School in 1923 and from Mount Airy High School in 1924. From George Washington University, he received his AB and MD degrees. He served his internship and residency in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland. This was followed by a year of post-graduate work in Vienna, Austria, and Queen’s Square Hospital, London, England.

Dr. Boyer entered private practice with his father in Damascus in 1935. Dr. Boyer had been a member of the Montgomery County Medical Society since 1935, and served as its president in 1943. In 1977, he was the recipient of the Medical Society Award for “long and dedicated service to the Society and to the Community," He was a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland, served in many and varied capacities, and as president in 1964. He was a member of the American Medical Association and had served as an alternate delegate to that organization from the State of Maryland since 1966, He was also a member of the Southern Medical Association.

Dr. Boyer was on the medical staff of Sibley, Frederick Memorial, Suburban and Montgomery General hospitals. At Montgomery General, he served as vice chairman of the medical staff, 1947-1959; chief of staff, 1959-1963; and chief of medicine, 1963-1975. 

In the spring of 1978, Dr. Boyer was honored by both the medical staff and the board of directors as “outstanding practitioner of medicine, community leader, and humanitarian.” His wife, Helen Boyer, was also active in the medical community. 

In 1975, Dr, Boyer was one of five Maryland physicians appointed by the governor to serve on the board of directors of the Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland, From 1935 to the present, Dr, Boyer was a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Damascus, and had been a vice president since 1965. He was a lifetime member of the Damascus United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Stewards for a number of years.

M. McKendree Boyer died Thursday, Dec. 21, 1978 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland.

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