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Sadie Livingston Boyer
1958 Alumna, B.S. in Mathematics
Sadie Livingston Boyer-Dale Boyer Endowed Scholarship Fund
Sadie Livingston Boyer ’58
is hard-pressed to refer to herself as a trailblazer, but the facts speak for themselves. In the ‘50s and ’60s, a time when few women achieved notoriety in mathematics, science, and engineering, Boyer rose steadily up the ranks at the
NASA Langley Research Center
in Hampton, Va. Now Boyer and her husband, Dale, himself a retired engineer, have established the
Sadie Livingston Boyer – Dale Boyer Endowed Scholarship Fund
to give other young women similar opportunities.
The scholarship, established originally as a bequest, provides funding for students majoring in mathematics, chemistry, biology, environmental studies, human nutrition, or pre-engineering, with first preference given to female students. Boyer and her husband decided to begin funding the scholarship early thanks in part to the reinstatement of the IRA Charitable Rollover provision of the Pension Protection Act. Now the scholarship will begin funding during Boyer’s lifetime, with the first award given in fall 2014.
Boyer said that she’s “extremely grateful” to Winthrop for providing her with the educational foundation that made her career successes possible. She credits her professors and particularly her adviser with pointing her to a fruitful and fulfilling career with NASA.
The Newberry, S.C., native worked for Langley Research Center for 32 years, retiring as
Assistant Chief of the Programs and Resources Division
. She began her career with NASA as a
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
mathematician in the Flight Research Division, where she became the first woman to be first author of a NASA technical paper. Boyer later worked in the Scientific Computer Division. She earned a number of awards throughout her career, including the
NASA Exceptional Service Medal
Boyer explained that she’s “extremely grateful” to Winthrop for providing her with the educational foundation that made her career successes possible. She noted that she and Dale believe that education – particularly a Winthrop education – is a gift that continues to give.
“We believe that education is a huge key to leading a successful, independent, and happy life,” said Boyer. “Education gives back, and then maybe one day those scholarship recipients will give back.”
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