An accomplished artist and calligrapher who spent 30 years in Austin, Texas, Anne Boykin returned to her home town of College Station, Texas in 2004. She quickly made her mark working for the City creating Project HOLD -- an historic online library database dedicated to historic preservation efforts. In 2011, Anne joined the Texas A&M University Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) as a graphic designer. There, she won four national awards for her book designs. Her freelance work includes military maps for four military historians/authors.
Her expertise is evident in noted public installations of 38 historical interpretive panels for area parks: The Lynn Stuart Pathway at Veterans Park in College Station, Texas and and Boonville Heritage Park in Bryan, Texas. While working for TEEX, Anne designed two 45 foot historical timelines of the noted Brayton Fire Training Field and the OSHA Training Institute Education Center.
The first Christmas Chameleon was published in 2017. The second edition is the first book combined with a companion coloring book and games. Miss Doofey Opossum was published in the spring of 2018.
Anne attended both Texas A&M University and Arizona State University. She has two children, and three grandchildren, all of whom she adores.
Rosemary Elizabeth (DePasquale)Boykin passed away gently and in peace on Sunday, June 15, 2008, in College Station, Texas. She was born and raised in Dickinson, Galveston County, Texas. She is the daughter of the late Genevieve Elizabeth (Teti) and Domenic Victor DePasquale. Her parents were most active in civic affairs and very well thought of in Galveston County where her father had been County Engineer for 33 years. During that time he was the principal engineer for the construction of the second phase of the Galveston Seawall and the jetties. He was a graduate of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, now Texas A&M University, and proud member of the Class of 1924. He received his Master of Science degree at Cornell University the following year. While there he met and married Genevieve, a native of Termoli, Italy, just before his return to Dickinson.
During her grade school years, Rosemary performed so well that she was able to skip third grade. In high school, Rosemary was quite active in the symphony, school paper (having served as editor and art editor), science club, and dramatics team, for which she received an award for best actress in the regional district competitions. Rosemary graduated from high school at the age of sixteen, ranking third in her class.
The following fall, she entered Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, embarking on a biological science degree with the intent of enrolling at Southwestern Medical School within that same city. In her junior year, she decided to transfer to the Art Department to fulfill the necessary requirements for medical school and training in Medical Art. She was influential (actually as an experimental student) in initiating the degree plan for the Medical Art degree at Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, Rosemary was a member of Alpha Delta Pi and the Catholic Newman Club. She assisted in the teaching of biology students in the Navy V-12 units. Her biological drawings were often used as teaching aids in other classes. She was also quite active in intramural tennis and volleyball and was almost persuaded to take a major in physical education. During the summers between semesters, she worked at the Hitchcock Blimp Base as a labor clerk keeping track of the hours of pilots in training for WWII. Rosemary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the young age of twenty.
During her last semester, in March, of her senior year she met Calvin Clay Boykin, Jr., who had just returned from three years of active duty in World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations. He saw action in France, Germany, and Holland, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was a sergeant and in charge of a recon section of the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to the Seventh Armored Division.
Cal, back at A&M and continuing his studies, had come to Dallas to visit his boyhood friend who was dating Rosemary’s sorority sister. Both were medical students at Southwestern Medical School. A blind date was set for a medical fraternity dance to be held that weekend in downtown Dallas. Rosemary accepted and they dated exclusively until their wedding day the following June 30, 1946. Rosemary had graduated from SMU the previous Tuesday evening. Their garden wedding was held at the DePasquale home in Dickinson. They were married by the Rev. Thomas A. Carney, who wore his special robes of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.
The couple set up housekeeping in Bryan and later moved to the more affordable married student housing at College View. Cal soon finished his studies toward his degree in Range and Forestry at A&M. Once he completed the degree, the young family, which now included their daughter Karen Lee, moved to West Texas with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS). They built their first home in Midland. A few years later, they returned to A&M so that Cal could obtain his Masters degree in Agricultural Economics. This move included their daughter Elizabeth Anne and their newborn son, Calvin Clay III. Once again they moved into College View.
Although Cal’s work with the Soil Conservation Service and Agricultural Research Service took them to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and on to the University of California at Davis and then Berkeley, they always maintained their home base in College Station. In Las Cruces, Rosemary was hired by a professor at NMSU to translate technical papers from German to English on the subject of the pill bug (or roly poly bug).
They returned to College Station in 1963, with a fourth child, Thomas Heath, where they would establish their permanent home, or so they thought. While residing in College Station, Rosemary worked for thirteen years in the Department of Oceanography and the Spacecraft Oceanography project in Remote Sensing (Texas A&M Research Foundation).
Rosemary was very proud of her Italian heritage. During the late 1800s many Sicilian/Italians were coming to the Brazos Valley from Poggioreale, Sicily, to seek their fortune in farming. Her paternal grandmother, Rosa Teti was traveling with her family from Sicily to Galveston by ship. They were on their way to settle in Steele’s Store. On board the ship, Rosa met a young seaman, Rosario DePasquale. They fell in love and Rosario promised that he would return for her in Steele’s Store. The young couple were married in Steele’s Store by a circuit priest from St. Joseph’s Church. Soon, they moved to Dickinson, Texas, the family home site. The Steele’s Store community had always been a special place for Rosemary and after interviewing a number of residents and former residents of the community she published The Italians of Steele’s Store, Texas. Later, she published Brazos Valley Italians, A Series of Interviews. As a member of the Brazos Genealogical Association and serving on the Brazos County Historical Commission for 14 years, Rosemary was instrumental in obtaining a Texas State Historical Marker for that community. She also published a listing of passenger ships leaving Palermo, Sicily, and arriving in the Port of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1859-1909. Birds of Passage is an annotated listing of almost 24,000 immigrants and associated data. Initially, Rosemary wanted to publish the data as a book but when she realized the book would have over 2,000 pages, she opted to place the data on a CD. Rosemary also wrote an extensive history of her own family, The DePasquales - From Italy-Sicily to Texas in 1986 and a later edition in 2003.
During her employment with the Department. of Oceanography & Meteorology and the Sea Grant Program, Rosemary, as special research assistant, co-authored four technical publications dealing with the hydrography of the Gulf of Mexico. She worked on “special projects” which included the compilation of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, a 300-page facts book on the Texas coastal zone. This publication was designed as a reference source for marine writers and was written for laymen rather than scientists. When NASA began sending photographs back from space, she began working with the Space Oceanography program in 1966. Rosemary was an active member of the American Society for Oceanography (1964-76) having served as secretary for the local chapter for one year; a member of the Marine Technology Society (1972-76); International Oceanographic Foundation (1976-80); and a member of the Special Libraries Association, Texas chapter (1974-75).
As their children grew older and later married, Rosemary and Cal left their home to spend ten years working for the U.S. Agency for International Development and, for a short time, for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). They worked two years in Syria and eight years in Southern Africa. While based in Damascus, Rosemary took on the project of mapping the Al-Hamidiyah Souq, the largest shopping area in Syria that dates back to the Ottoman Empire. Rosemary mapped a portion of the souq so that other ex-patriates could safely navigate the vendors’ shops selling exotic herbs and spices and general household supplies. During their time in Gabarone, Rosemary edited and illustrated Botswanan Cookery initiated the Garden Project for women in Botswana. She also established a Garden Project for the children of a school for the blind in Maseru, Lesotho. Both projects were funded by the A&M Garden Club and the United States Embassy. The World Garden Project for the School for the Blind won a national award from the A&M Garden Club, affiliated with the National Garden Clubs. Cal had various shortterm assignments in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, and Ecuador. He returned to those countries many times. Rosemary stayed home during these assignments and kept up with her children and grandchildren.
One of Rosemary’s last achievements was receiving a Bronze Certification of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a division of the Points of Light Foundation. She spent well over 100 hours volunteering for her daughter, Anne, by clipping articles of historical interest for Project HOLD, the City of College Station’s Historic Online Library Database. She was a loving Mother, a truly devoted and loving wife, an amazing chef, an incredible artist, an accomplished pianist, and a warm and inviting hostess.
A visitation and rosary was held June 16, at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A funeral mass was held June 17, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bryan with burial at College Station Cemetery.The love of Rosemary’s life, Cal, passed away barely four months later, on Oct. 23, 2008.
Calvin Clay Boykin, Jr. passed away October 23, 2008, at his home in College Station, Brazos County, Texas. He was born March 1, 1924, to Rubye Opal (Heath) and Calvin Clay Boykin, Sr., in Roswell, New Mexico. He attended public schools in Rochelle and Big Spring, Texas, graduating from Big Spring High School in 1942, a year later than his class so he could play football for one more year with his younger brother, Bobby. He enrolled in the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in College Station for two semesters prior to volunteering for the draft in 1943.
Cal served as an armored recon car gunner and Section Sergeant with the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion, attached to the 7th Armored Division in Europe during World War II. He landed on Utah Beach on August 7, 1944. His service saw him through four campaigns in Europe including the Ardennes-Alsace, participation in the defense of St. Vith, Belgium, with Task Force Jones and in the occupation of Germany. After the war, he returned to A&M. In 1946, while a student at A&M, he met the love of his life, Rosemary Elizabeth DePasquale, a graduating senior at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After their marriage in Dickinson, Texas, on June 30, 1946, Cal and Rosemary returned to A&M to continue Cal’s studies where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Range and Forestry in January 1949. Following graduation, Cal served for five years as a Range Conservationist with the U. S. Soil Conservation Service in West Texas, then returned to A&M with Rosemary, daughters Karen and Anne, and son, Clay. In 1956 he earned an M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics also from A&M. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at A&M where he conducted research on the economics of range and livestock development, and taught farm management.
In September 1959, Cal accepted a position as Agricultural Economist with the Economic Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. While there, Cal and Rosemary’s son, Thomas, was born. Cal continued his research in range and livestock economics, transferring with the Economics Research Service to the University of California at Davis in 1961. He continued his research and further studies at the University of California at Berkeley commuting from nearby Pleasant Hill. In 1963, Cal transferred back to Texas A&M University, where he continued his research with the Economic Research Service in cooperation with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. Since 1963, Cal and Rosemary maintained their home base in College Station.
From 1970 on, Cal participated in a number of foreign assignments under contract with U. S. and international agencies. These include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U. S. Agency for International Development, and two assignments with the European Development Fund of the European Economic Community. His postings include: Iran (1970, 1971), Pakistan (1973, 1975, 1982), Syria (1979 - 80), Botswana (1981 - 85, 1987), Ecuador (1985), Yemen Arab Republic (1985), Somalia (1988), and Lesotho (1988 - 93).
Although Cal retired from Federal service in 1985, he continued in his profession as a private consultant in domestic and international agricultural development. He also served as a research fellow with the Mosher Institute for Defense Studies at Texas A&M University.
Cal is the author or coauthor of over 100 journal articles, bulletins, book reviews, congressional documents, and miscellaneous publications concerning the economics of livestock and range development. He was a charter member of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association. He was listed in “American Men and Women of Science” in 1977. Periodically, since 1968, Cal studied creative writing through correspondence courses offered by the Independent Study Department of The University of Oklahoma. As a result of these studies he wrote a number of short stories, and in 1988 he completed a WWII based novel, as yet unpublished.
In the field of military history, Cal hascontributed, at the request of numerous military historians, a number of accounts of his World War II experiences. With his tank destroyer battalion’s after action reports and historical writings about the 7th Armored Division in hand, plus his wartime letters home, as well as the personal accounts of the surviving members of the 814th TD, he wrote and published his division history, Gare La Bete: A History of the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1942-1945. The book chronicles the group’s experiences including the Battle of St. Vith, one of the key battles of the Battle of the Bulge. The book is now in its fifth printing. [Ed. note: Soon to be sixth.] Cal also published a monograph on Gen. A. D. Bruse, the founder of Camp Hood.
Cal truly believed in letter writing and for many years corresponded with the remaining commanders of WWII, various authors and historians including Gen. von Manteuffel, commander German Panzer Division. Cal served as first vice president of the Seventh Armored Division Association. He was re-elected First Vice-President at their annual meeting in Nashville,Tennessee only one month before his death. He also served in the Tank Destroyer Society and as president of the 814th Tank Destroyer Society. Cal was the first two-part interview on Tom Turbiville’s “Veterans of the Valley” for KAMU. Cal was also interviewed by Bill Youngkin for his “Brazos Valley Heroes” appearing in The Eagle.
Reading was a favorite pastime of Cal’s He was rarely without a book in hand and several beside his chair. Most were military histories, philosophies, and biographies. He read to his children when they were little. He read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Voyage to Lilliput in lieu of the more popular children’s books. He completed the Great Books of the Western World course and received rave reviews from his instructor.
Cal was actively involved in the early meetings that led to the end of segregation
in the College Station schools. Years later, his retirement also allowed him the opportunity to serve his community as a management counselor with SCORE, a volunteer organization under the U. S. Small Business Administration; as president of the Emerald Forest Homeowners Association, and as an instructor of“Writing Your Memoirs” for XtraEd through the City of College Station Department of Parks and Recreation.
Veterans Park and Athletic Complex was of particular interest to Cal from the early stages of its beginning. He actively contributed his thoughts and ideas to the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial and the American Mile at Veterans Park. He befriended Brent Mullins and encouraged the young man in his quest to establish a museum for American G.I.s. Cal also consulted with Brent in the restoration of the M-8 tank destroyer similar to the one Cal rode on in WWII. Most recently Cal began writing his personal memoir through his service years in WWII.
Cal fought many battles in his military career but none equaled the personal battles he faced with chronic lymphatic leukemia, diagnosed in 1989, and African tick bite fever he contracted on assignment in Lesotho in 1992. He told his children, shortly before his passing, that “the last 16 years have been gravy” and that he was truly thankful for his time on earth. Rosemary followed Cal, literally, to the ends of the earth. No matter where he worked, Rosemary was not only with him but volunteering on and contributing to projects in their international communities. Cal took great delight in saying, with a wink and a smile, that he was known as “Rosemary’s husband” while on their international assignments. Rosemary passed away on Father’s Day, June 15, 2008. Cal and Rosemary were rarely apart in life. We are comforted in knowing that they will not be apart in eternity.
Cal is survived by his children: Karen Lee Peterson and husband, David, of Mission, Texas; Elizabeth Anne Boykin of College Station; C. Clay Boykin III and wife, Laurie Bell of Austin, Texas; and Thomas Heath Boykin and wife, Katyla Mariela of College Station. Cal is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Lance Arvid Peterson and wife Marcela Cardenas of Tecoman, Colima, Mexico; Daren Ray Peterson and wife Jennifer of Lubbock, Texas; and Ryan Peterson of Mission; Tamara Anne Gunter of Austin, and her brother, Thomas Arthur Gunter, his wife April of Austin; and Brandon Heath Boykin and his sister, Kensey Lee Boykin of College Station. Cal is survived by five great-grandchildren: Carmen and David Peterson Cardenas; Thomas Allen, Ava Delaine, and Forrest Calvin Gunter. Other family members are Cal’s brother Robert Heath Boykin and his wife Camille of Plano, Texas; and his sister Jo Anne Boykin of Austin, Texas.
Special friends of Cal’s from WWII are Enny and the late Theo Vromans Sanders
of Maastricht, Holland; and Francoise Winieska, formerly of Rambouillet, France. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. James F. Cooper, Dr. Terry Jenkins, Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez, and Dr. Bohne, the nursing staff and caregivers of Hospice Brazos Valley especially Debbie, Jennifer and Sabrina.
Pallbearers were six of Cal’s grandchildren: Tamara Anne Gunter, Thomas Arthur Gunter, Lance Peterson, Daren Peterson, Ryan Peterson, and Brandon Boykin.
A vigil was held at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station on Sunday, October 26, 2008. The funeral mass was celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, College Station, Monday, October 27. Burial followed at College Station Cemetery. Arrangements by Koenig-Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange, Texas.
Clay Boykin is a former United States Marine Corps officer and long-time corporate executive who spent his career as a visionary and change agent. After a mystical experience in 2007, Clay left his Park Avenue position and began to pursue a more heart-centered path. He became a prayer chaplain in 2011 and founded the Men’s Fellowship Network in 2012. After seven successful years growing the MFN, in 2018 Clay published his book: Circles of Men: A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Creating Men’s Groups.
He is now developing a global initiative for Men & Boys for the Charter for Compassion, is becoming a certified gender equity and reconciliation facilitator, and has begun speaking and conducting workshops in the U.S. and around the world. Recently, Clay supported a workshop related to deep healing between women and men for the United Nations Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.
Clay will be leading a three day young men’s retreat in Meru, Kenya in August 2019 and in September he will be leading a three day retreat at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. To learn more about Clay visit his website: www.clayboykin.com, or visit www.CirclesOfMenProject.com.