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Joseph Boyd


Ambassador Since 2005

Nashville, Tennessee 37212
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Biographical Information:


Photo of Ambassador Joseph Boyd Joseph M. Boyd, Jr., J.D., was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee. He graduated with a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University which he attended on a Naval ROTC scholarship. After serving the first 18 months of his Naval service on an aircraft carrier, he attended the Naval Intelligence School and was assigned to the Pentagon as a briefing officer for the Chief of Naval Operations. After active Naval duty, he returned to Vanderbilt Law School, where he served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He graduated from law school with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, passed the Tennessee bar exam, and moved to Dyersburg where he worked for the State of Tennessee as a Senior Area Planner and ran an urban renewal program. Later he served as Executive Director of the Dyersburg Housing Authority. In these jobs he worked extensively with community groups, initially averaging about one speech per week. He then resumed full time law practice and continued that until he became District Attorney General. In 1992, he moved to Nashville to assume the position of Chief Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, from which he retired in 1995. While in Dyersburg, Joe served as Instructor in Law for the University of Tennessee Extension Service, and taught part time for 17 years at Dyersburg State Community College. After retirement he taught part time at Volunteer State Community College and later at Southeastern Career College, where he still teaches paralegal courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been active through the years in many community activities. He served as president of the Dyersburg Jaycees, held two offices in the Tennessee Jayees, and served on the board of the U. S. Jaycees. He fulfilled his lifelong desire to learn to fly when he took flying lessons and achieved a pilot's license in only two months time. Later he earned a Commercial Pilot license and an Instrument Rating. As part of his interest in flying, he joined the Civil Air Patrol, and has served actively in the CAP since 1965 except for a few years during which he was sending his three children to college. He has held numerous offices in the CAP, and presently is national Chair of the New Madrid Earthquake Planning Group comprised of representatives of CAP Wings which could be affected by a major earthquake in this area. He was co-authro with his wife of several articles published in aviation magazines. After his retirement from full time work with the State, he resumed his life-long interest in astronomy, and joined the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society. He has just completed two terms as president of that group. He has worked closely with the Vanderbilt Department of Physics and Astronomy as well as with other astronomical groups. He participates in many outreach programs such as public star parties, speaking to school and church groups about astronomy, and setting up his telescope at numerous events for both children and adults. "It is still a thrill when a child looks into my telescope and says 'Wow' or "Cool'. You know you have had an impact when you hear those words."


Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

Public Star Party
Bell's Bend Park

Warner Park Star Party
Edwin Warner Park Nature Center

Warner Park Star Party
Warner Park

Williamson County Home School Association
Hillview Baptist Church parking lot, 1642 Lewisburg Pike

Woodmont Hills Church Camp
Hillmont Christian Church Camp


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