After retiring from Dow at age sixty-five, Dr. Boyer started a new career as an affiliate scientist at the Michigan Foundation for Advanced Research, now the Michigan Molecular Institute (MMI), of which he is a ''founding father.'' In 1989 he was named the institute's first distinguished research fellow. Two years later he was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame.
In 1992 the MMI board of directors honored Dr. Boyer for his many years of interest and support in a special resolution:
[He] provided experience, insight, enthusiasm, and a rare blend of common sense and uncommon intelligence to his fellow researchers . . . as an inspired and inspiring teacher, [he] has enhanced the lives and careers of hundreds of scientists and engineers.
Dr. Boyer was loved not only for his research efforts but also for his unusual wit, humor, and compassion. I shall miss him very much as will many of his colleagues.