July 20, 2012

Lykes M. Boykin, 92, who practiced corporate and international law in Washington for 25 years and then owned and operated a real estate firm, died July 1 of cardiac arrest at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County.

The death was confirmed by his daughter, Diana Lippman.

As a lawyer, Mr. Boykin represented embassies and international corporations. He left private practice in the mid-1970s and bought Panorama Real Estate, which he sold in the early 1980s to Coldwell Banker.

Lykes Muller Boykin was a native of Lamar, S.C., and a 1940 graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., which he attended on a tennis scholarship. He was a 1948 graduate of Georgetown University law school.

During World War II, he served in the Naval Air Corps and was a squadron commander in the Pacific. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and two awards of the Air Medal.

He retired to Jupiter Island, Fla., in 1992, moving there from Arlington. He returned to the Washington area about four years ago and had been living in Falls Church.

He was a member of Cherrydale United Methodist Church in Arlington, where he was past chairman of the advisory planning board. His other memberships included the Masons and Army Navy Country Club.

His wife of 58 years, Maxine Wagner Boykin, died in 2003. Survivors include two children, Ronald Boykin of Arlington and Diana Lippman of Charleston, S.C.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

— Adam Bernstein

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