Boyd H. Metcalf, MD

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Boyd Hendren Metcalf, MD, passed away peacefully April 9, Palm Sunday, at his home in Phoenix, AZ. He was 89 years old.

He was born on May 11, 1927, in Washington, D.C., to Elizabeth Hendren Nicol and Arthur Boyd Metcalf. Graduating from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1945, he entered Duke University two weeks later. He was inducted into the U.S. Army July 1946 and discharged in 1947. Returning to Duke University he graduated in 1949. He graduated Duke Medical School in 1953. In 1953 he entered the University of Virginia and served internship until 1945 and then surgical residency 1954 to 1957.

He joined the Regular Air Force in 1955 AS 1ST Lt. and in 1957 entered the surgical residency at Lackland Air Force Base Hospital in San Antonio, TX as a resident in Pathology. In 1958 he became Chief Resident of Surgery. January to June 1959 Staff Surgeon. In August of 1959, he was assigned to Kindly Air Force Base Hospital, Bermuda as Chief Surgeon until June of 1962.This was at the time of the initial space flights from Cape Canaveral, FL in support of the NASA Mercury Program. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1960, followed by Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons in 1962. He was assigned to Walker AFB, Roswell, New Mexico in July of 1962.

Discharged as Major in July of 1963, he entered private practice in Scottsdale, AZ on the staff of Scottsdale Baptist Hospital, which became Scottsdale Memorial and today Scottsdale Honor Health. Here he served as President of the Phoenix Surgical Society, President of the American Heart Association and consultant to American Cancer Society. He interviewed perspective students for Duke University Medical School.

His interests included photography, scuba diving, college sports, art, science and classical music. He was an avid reader. He retired from private practice in 1989.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen Louise Sauble, and daughter Jeanne. He is survived by his second wife, Susan Mathilda Shaffer, brother, James Mitchell Metcalf (Collette) of Cambridge, MD, two nephews, Christopher (Sharon) and Sean (Candace). Online condolences to the family are welcome at