(5 February 1924 – 24 October 2015)1
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates at least eight vascular plant specimens collected by Stephen Gaddy Boyce, who usually used “Steve G. Boyce” on the specimen labels in our collection. About the same number of specimens collected by Boyce have been cataloged at the North Carolina State University Vascular Plant Herbarium (NCSC). 2 Likely more specimens collected by Boyce will be found at both herbaria as cataloging continues.
Stephen Gaddy Boyce was born on 5 February 1924 to Louise Sally Gaddy and William Henry Boyce in Anson County, North Carolina.1 According to the 1930 US Census, William Boyce was an agent with the “WSSB Railway” [Winston-Salem Southbound Railway], and the family lived in Ansonville Township.3 Stephen graduated in 1949 with a B.S. in Forestry from North Carolina State College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He continued at NC State and earned a M.S. in Forestry in 1951 with his thesis, “Plant succession in thinned loblolly pine stands of a piedmont county”. While at NC State, Boyce collaborated with eminent ecologist Dr. Bertram Whittier Wells (1884-1978). 4
In 1951 Boyce married Helen Elizabeth Ashley (1924-2008)in Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan.1, 5
Boyce continued his studies at North Carolina State College and earned a Ph.D. in 1953 with his thesis, “The salt spray community”. In his 1955 publication, “Some plant accumulators of the micronutrient elements,” his affiliation is listed as Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Boyce died at age 91 in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, and his ashes were placed in a military cemetery. 1
Boyce, Steve G. 1949. Quercus imbricaria in the Lower Piedmont of North Carolina. Castanea 14(1): 52.
Boyce, S. G. 1951. Plant succession in thinned loblolly pine stands of a piedmont county. M.S. Thesis, Forestry, North Carolina State College, Raleigh.
Boyce, Steve G. 1951. Salt hypertrophy in succulent dune plants. Science 114 (2969): 544-545.
Boyce, Steve G. and R. K. Godfrey. 1952. Distribution notes on some grasses in North Carolina. Castanea 17(2): 73-77.
Wells, B. W. and Steve G. Boyce. 1953. Carolina Bays: Additional data on their origin, age and history. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 69(2): 119-141.
Boyce, Stephen Gaddy. 1953. The salt spray community. Ph.D. thesis, North Carolina State College, Raleigh.
Boyce, Stephen G. 1954. The salt spray community. Ecological Monographs 24(1): 29-67. https://doi.org/10.2307/1943510 [affiliation: Dept of Botany, Ohio University, Ohio]
Beeson, Kenneth C., Victor A. Lazar and Stephen G. Boyce. 1955. Some plant accumulators of the micronutrient elements. Ecology 36(1): 155-156. Stable URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1931443
Kaeiser, Margaret and Stephen G. Boyce. 1962. Use of integrating stage for measurement of wood. Nature 195: 1017. https://doi.org/10.1038/1951017a0
Clark, F. Bryan and Stephen G. Boyce. 1964. Yellow-poplar seed remains viable in the forest litter. Journal of Forestry 62(8): 564-567. https://doi.org/10.1093/jof/62.8.564
Boyce, Stephen G. and Roswell D. Carpenter. 1968. Provisional grade specifications for hardwood growing-stock trees. [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G., Joe P. McClure, and Herbert S. Sternitzke. 1975. Biological potential for the loblolly pine ecosystem east of the Mississippi River. [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G., Joe P. McClure, and Herbert S. Sternitzke. 1975. Biological potential for the slash pine ecosystem. [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G. and Joe P. McClure. 1975. How to keep one-third of Georgia in pine. [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G. 1977. Management of eastern hardwood forests for multiple benefits (DYNAST-MB). [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G. 1978. Management of forests for timber and related benefits (DYNAST-TM). [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G. and Noel D. Cost. 1978. Forest diversity: new concepts and applications. [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G. 1978. Theory for new directions in forest management. [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G. and Herbert A. Knight. 1979. Prospective ingrowth of southern pine beyond 1980. [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G. 1980. Management of forests for optimal benefits (Dynast-OB). [incomplete citation]
Boyce, Stephen G. 1985. Forestry Decisions. United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station General Technical Report SE-35. Asheville, North Carolina.
Boyce, Stephen G. 1987. Culture of forests. Brevard, N.C.: S. G. Boyce.
Martin, William E., Stephen G. Boyce, and Arthur C. Echternacht. 1993. Biodiversity of the Southeastern United States: Upland terrestrial communities. Wiley & Sons.
Martin, William E., Stephen G. Boyce, and Arthur C. Echternacht. 1993. Biodiversity of the Southeastern United States: Lowland terrestrial communities. Wiley & Sons.
Boyce, Stephen G. 1995. Landscape Forestry. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Boyce, Stephen G. 2008. Super Life: how you can survive and create environments for living. [Place of publication not specified]: Outskirts Press, Inc.
- Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/207773965/stephen-gaddy-boyce: accessed 03 January 2023), memorial page for Stephen Gaddy Boyce (5 Feb 1924–24 Oct 2015), Find a Grave Memorial ID 207773965; Cremated, Ashes are placed in a military cemetery.; Maintained by Tanya_Penix_Sharp (contributor 47831643).
- SERNEC Data Portal. 2023. http//:sernecportal.org/index.php. Accessed on January 03.
- Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
- Herbarium, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. History. https://herbarium.ncsu.edu/history.htm accessed on 3 January 2023.
- Ancestry.com. Michigan, U.S., Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.
Special thanks to CLARA WILSON, North Carolina State University Library Special Collections for information on Boyce’s undergraduate & graduate studies at that institution. Special thanks as well to ANDREW STUART of Ohio University Libraries for information on Dr. Boyce.