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Jean Anne Waterstradt collection on William H. Boyle, 1946-1955

 Series — Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 7703 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains a reminescence by Virginia B. Poulsen, a brief history, biography, and story of his life by William H. Boyle.


  • 1946-1955


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Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Jean Anne Waterstradt papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William H. Boyle was born in Santaquin, Utah on October 19, 1874 to William Henry Boyle and Mary Jane Ewell. He began studying Education at Brigham Young Academy (BYA) in 1892. At Christmas 1893, during his third year at the academy, he took his first teaching position at Scipio School. After a year he took over principalship at Levan where he taught sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. After the close of the 1899 school year he was called on a mission to the Southern States. At the close of his mission he returned to BYA for another year. At the end of 1901 he accepted a position as eighth grade teacher in Nephi.

While in Nephi William H. Boyle met and married Minnie Wright and they moved to Provo together. He was later called by President Cluff to act as principal of the preparatory school, teach some classes, and study part time. In 1903 he became a member of the Brigham Young University (BYU) faculty. During this time he took his normal diploma, then his A.B. degree in 1913, and his M.A. in 1923. He also spent a year in graduate study at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and two summers at the University of California in Berkeley. While away he did most of his work in Junvenile Promblems, Mental Hygiene, Counseling Technique, and Mental Disease.

In 1910 he was made principal of the Secondary Training School which he held until 1926. In 1926 he joined the staff in the College of Education as Assistant Professor. In 1933 he was made Associate Professor and in 1936 Professor of Education. In 1945 he was made Professor Emeritus. He taught under five BYU presidents, Presidents Cluff, Brimhall, Harris, McDonald, and Wilkinsen. He continued to teach until the age of 71 when he joined the staff at the State Hospital as Family Counselor and psychiatric social worker. He died March 18, 1965.


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