Dr. Walter Willard Boyd, 83, a retired obstetrician and gynecologist and a photographer and collector of rare books, died Oct. 22 at Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Boyd, who was born in Keswick, Va., graduated from St. Albans School in Washington. He earned degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Virginia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then decided on a career in medicine, and earned a degree from the Harvard University medical school.
During his internship and residency at Boston hospitals, Dr. Boyd was a student of Dr. Harvey Cushing, the noted surgeon. He took a motion picture of Dr. Cushing performing an operation, which he donated to the medical library of Yale University. He also took numerous photographs of operations and physicians.
Dr. Boyd, who lived in Bethesda, established a practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Washington in 1936 and continued it until his retirement in 1954.
He was a member of the Metropolitan and Chevy Chase clubs here and the Harvard clubs of Boston and New York. As a book collector, he was a member of the Club of Odd Volumes in Boston and the Grolier Club in New York. He also was a member of the Explorers Club.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Goodhue Boyd of Bethesda; a son, Dr. Walter Willard Jr., who lives near Helsinki, Finland; a daughter, Josephine Abbott Boyd Carpenter of Vancouver, B.C., and four grandchildren.