Texas Instruments Alum Honors Parents, Fuels Research

Greg Boydston with his parents Kenneth and DeVerl

Greg Boydston isn’t your average retiree. A former Naval officer, Oklahoma native, and long-time supporter of UT Dallas and the CVL, Greg now spends his days busier than most of us. After retiring from Texas Instruments in 2009, Greg became the Vice President of Community Involvement for the TI Alumni Association

“We work with local agencies to support our senior community. We build handicap ramps, work with food banks, and actively recruit more volunteers” says Boydston.

Greg Boydston posing with his award from Texas Instruments
Greg Boydston with his “Retiree Volunteer of the Year” award from the TI Alumni Association.

Texas Instruments recently honored Greg for his philanthropy work with their Community Impact Award, which gives active employees and retirees monetary awards that they can designate to a cause of their choice. Greg chose to gift his award to the CVL’s new Denise C. Park Research Excellence and Innovation fund.

“The CVL organization is very important to me and I intend to fund both the CVL and the new Research Excellence and Innovation fund on into the future as long as I am able” says Boydston.

Greg lost both of his parents to what he calls mental deterioration. His father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and his mother displayed very similar symptoms.

“What drew me to the CVL was my parents, who were affected and died from mental disease. I would love to see something good come out of the fund and to help people live longer.”

Greg Boydston with his parents Kenneth and DeVerl
Greg with his late parents Kenneth and DeVerl Boydston.

Greg was first introduced to the CVL by his long-time friend and colleague Bill Booziotis who, along with his late wife Jean, established the CVL’s Booziotis lecture series to bring the Center’s work to the public.

“The Center can’t fulfill its mission solely with federal research grants, which while crucial to our research, are highly restricted. Gifts towards funds like the Denise C. Park Research Excellence and Innovation fund allow us to significantly extend our efforts to study the science of the aging mind” says Dr. Michael Rugg, CVL Director.

Greg recognizes that while we are social distancing, research at the CVL must go on, and is excited that his gift will support these efforts.

“I’m glad to know that the CVL is safely continuing their work, and I’m honored that my gifts will further their research efforts” says Boydston.

In August, UT Dallas celebrated its 50th Anniversary with 1969 minutes of giving during its annual Comets Giving Day. If you would like to support the CVL, we invite you to continue the celebration by making a gift below.