The late McDill "Huck" Boyd, former publisher of the Phillips County Review, was named today to the Kansas Newspaper Editors Hall of Fame at Kansas University.
Boyd, who was active in Republican politics and had served on the Republican Party National Committee, was selected for the honor by the Quarter Century Club, a group of Kansas newspaper editors who have been in the business in the state for the past 25 years. Nominations were made by editors of newspapers throughout the state.
Boyd died Jan. 9, 1987, at age 79.
Mike Kautsch, dean of the KU William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was to announce the selection at the annual Editors Day program this morning at KU.
Boyd joined the family's newspaper in Phillipsburg in 1928 when tight finances caused him to withdraw from Kansas State College.
During the Depression, the paper operated with a staff of three. Boyd's mother wrote stories, his father sold advertising and he set type on a Linotype machine.
By 1937, Boyd was editor. He operated the publication with his wife, Marie.
"Phillipsburg and Kansas were his focus," said Emerson Lynn, editor and publisher of the Iola Register. If Huck ever did anything for self-aggrandizement, it wasn't visible."
Lynn said Boyd's great strength was community development and involvement.
One of Boyd's most noted crusades was his work to keep rail service in northwest Kansas, preserving a link between farmers and grain markets.
Boyd's success with the Review later spawned the Jewell County Republican, the Jewell County Record, a printing company and a publishing company.
In 1974, Boyd received the William Allen White award from KU, where he was also a trustee of the White Foundation.
Five years ago, he was presented the Eugene Cervi Award for public service through community journalism from the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.
He ran unsuccessfully for governor and served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Boyd also served as chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents and was involved with the Kansas Association of Mental Health, Kansas Citizens Council on Education and the KU Endowment Association.