Lawyer and business executive who served as president of Amtrak and was appointed by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson to the position of United States Secretary of Transportation.
After graduating from the University of Florida in the early 1940s, he served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Forces. After returning from the war, he earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, he served as head of the Illinois Central Railroad.
His marriage to Flavil Juanita Townsend Boyd produced one son, Mark.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Boyd to the Civil Aeronautics Board in the late 1950s.