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James McGregor Boyles

October 1, 1926May 17, 2020

James M. Boyles, PhD, a long standing resident of Mobile, Alabama, passed away on May 17, 2020 at the age of 93 due to heart failure. Dr. Boyles served in the Merchant Marine at the end of World War II as a radio operator. An alumni from the University of Alabama, he earned his degrees of Bachelor of Science in February, 1951, Master of Science in August, 1952, and Doctor of Philosophy in August of 1966. In addition, he was awarded a Fellowship in Tropical Medicine from July to August, 1965, from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, to study tropical medicine in several Central American countries. Dr. Boyles was an Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of South Alabama, who helped get the University's Biology Department started in 1964, helped establish and directed the University's Shotokan Karate program until his retirement in September 1989, and was also faculty advisor to the Asean Student Association for a number of years. Dr. Boyles was a student instructor under Master Takayuki Mikami with the JKAAF. He earned his first black belt degree in 1976, his second degree black belt in 1994, and was awarded the rank of third degree black belt after retirement. Dr. Boyles was preceded in death by his first wife of 25 years, Elisabeth, and is survived by his second wife of 31 years, Mary Ann, his son, Robert; daughter, Catherine (William J.) Suffich; grandsons, William Patrick and Scott Boyles; and granddaughter, Margaret Patrick. Dr. Boyles enjoyed a lifetime of learning, loved imparting his vast knowledge and experiences to all who were willing to listen, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.radneyfuneralhome-mobile.com for the Boyles family.


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Mary Bush

May 26, 2020

Though I might have known Dr. Boyles (Jim) for longer than I realize (because he knew my parents), my earliest memories include seeing him as the proud father of (then college-aged) Kate and Rob.
I’ll always remember his infectious smile, which was so often beaming from his face. Especially, in later years, while his talented grandchildren performed in their high school play.

Brad Barclay

May 21, 2020

Dr. Boyles was a wonderful Professor. I will always be thankful to know him, and for my opportunity to hear his lectures. A kind and brilliant man.

Pam Milton

May 20, 2020

When I was a student at the University of South Alabama in 1969 I knew Mr. Bowles. He was a very kind man who took a genuine interest in others. He will be missed greatly.

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