Longtime Bryan Rotarian David Thomas “Tom” Boyer, who passed away in January, was recently honored with a tree-planting ceremony at Rotary Memorial Grove.

Boyer was a Paul Harris Fellow and involved in the Rotary Reads program, a past president of the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce (1980) and a locally based self-employed CPA for more than 45 years. He was a 1958 Bowling Green State University graduate and was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo.

The tree was planted earlier this year and is a flowering dwarf Korean lilac tree, according to Rotarian Scott Bard, who helps oversee the Rotary Memorial Grove, located on County Road D, just west of the Bryan city limits.

Tom Boyer’s son, Chip, of Bryan, and Chip’s longtime friend, Fran Trausch, were in attendance for the tree dedication.

“It’s very special, it’s a really nice gesture on the part of the Rotary Club,” Chip Boyer said.

Bard said the Memorial Grove was started in 1990 by the late Rotarian Paul Webster. Today, it is home to about 95 trees, including maple, lilac, locust and ginkgo — and now, a flowering dwarf Korean lilac.

The site is city-owned land and the Bryan Rotary Club acts as “stewards” of the site, said Bard, who said as someone who loves the outdoors, overseeing the site for him is a labor of love.

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