This week we lost a dear friend, admired colleague, giant of our profession and true gentleman. Dwight Boyd – the “B” in BSA LifeStructures – passed away on Tuesday. An engineer by training, Dwight joined forces with architect Richard Sobieray in 1975 to form Boyd/Sobieray Associates, Inc., the firm we now know as BSA LifeStructures.
While much has clearly changed since then, much of what Dwight brought to the firm remains. We continue to be guided by his belief that engineering should be integrated into the design process from the earliest phases, that a design firm should be run like a business, and that clients’ interests should dictate the firm’s interests. And we continue to follow his straightforward business philosophy of “Do what you say you’re going to do.”
A visionary and respected engineer, Dwight collaborated with Richard Sobieray in the creation of a firm that was unique in a number of ways, but perhaps most notably in two: It was one of the nation’s first firms to combine engineering and architecture in one organization, and it was also one of the first firms to focus on healthcare. This innovation bore fruit early, and work the firm won for Community Hospitals in Indianapolis, Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood and St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo (now St. Vincent Kokomo) helped to establish it as a firm with focused expertise.
A highly respected and decorated engineer who practiced for more than a half-century, Dwight was a former president of the Consulting Engineers of Indiana (now the American Council of Engineering Companies) and a former recipient of the Engineer of the Year award from the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers.
Even beyond all of this, however, Dwight was a selfless and encouraging man who always put others first and a determined mentor who groomed professionals who continue to work for BSA LifeStructures or who went on to establish their own practices or to find other forms of success. He will be remembered for his integrity, ingenuity, innovation and humanity.