Dr. Lila Boyarsky, a retired Transylvania University biology teacher who was known as "Dr. B" to her students, died Wednesday at her home in Lexington. She was 87.
Dr. Boyarsky taught at Transylvania for 36 years, retiring in 1991.
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She was one of the first recipients of the school's Bingham Awards for Excellence in Teaching. She also was a recipient of the Irvin E. Lunger Award, presented for unique and exceptional service to Transylvania.
In 1960, she established the Holleian Society to recognize Transylvania students for superior achievement in liberal arts studies. The society is named for Horace Holley, who was Transylvania's president from 1818 to 1827.
In the 1970s, Dr. Boyarsky started a hamster colony for genetic experiments by students.
Dr. Boyarsky also provided financial support for several Transylvania initiatives.
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she received a doctorate in genetics from the University of Wisconsin.
She was the widow of Louis Boyarsky.
Survivors include a son, Greg Boyarsky of New York; a daughter, Amy Kogut of Hawaii; and several grandchildren.
Arrangements were pending at W.R. Milward Mortuary — Broadway.