One of the biggest benefits of the online media is the ability to link and read other insights on subjects of interest. Even after I posted my comments about the death of Gerald Boyd, I learned two other things that underscore my point about Boyd's legacy. They come from those who knew him personally.
1- He was the first president of what today is the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists. I learned that through reading a 2003 column by one of Boyd's close friends from college, editor of the now-defunct Emerge Magazine George Curry.
2- Before becoming managing editor at the New York Times, he covered the Reagan and George H.W. Bush's administrations. In his Gerald Boyd obit, Richard Prince's posting on JOURNAL-ISMS, an online journal about media diversity, includes a link to Boyd's remarks at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in 2003 in Dallas.
The NABJ website also includes a tribute to Boyd.