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Peter J. Boylan, Jr.

Company G-1

18 May1936- 12 Nov 2023

Place of Death: Milledgeville, GA

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Pete Boylan, on November 12, 2023, in Milledgeville, GA as a result of heart failure due to a life well lived. 

Pete is survived by his wife, Kathy; their son, Peter III (USMA ’84) and his wife Pam Vitrano; their daughter, Therese Bell (USMA ’86) and her husband Michael (USMA ’83); their daughter, Heather Drew and her husband Jason; their son, Gregory (USMA ’94) and his wife Colleen; their daughter, Emily Boylan and her husband Michael Rutt; and fourteen grandchildren. 

There will be a memorial service in Milledgeville, GA at a date and time to be announced. 

The Funeral Mass Thursday, February 29, 2024,  will begin at 1:30pm at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church followed by burial at the West Point Cemetery.  There will then be a reception (a good Irish Wake!) at Eisenhower Hall.  There will be more information forthcoming.

Condolences may be sent to Kathy at 110 West Lakeview Lane NE, Milledgeville, GA  31061-7831.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Pete’s memory be sent to a Veterans Support Organization of your choice.

Well done, Pete.  Be thou at peace.


Class Memorial Pages\G-1 Pete Boylan.pdf

Here are a couple of things Jim Oats found about Pete Boylan tonight. You will see why he was loved by Milledgeville, Georgia.

The community is mourning the loss of Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan (Ret.), former president of Georgia Military College.

Boylan passed away Sunday at his home, according to a statement posted by GMC.

After a 31-year decorated military career, Boylan became the 20th president of GMC in 1992, the longest-serving president in the school’s history.

The full statement posted on GMC’s social media pages Sunday reads:

“It is with great sadness we share the news of the passing of Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan (USA, Ret). He passed away surrounded by family at his home this morning in Milledgeville. Our Chairman of the Board of Trustees, George Hogan shared, ‘On behalf of the Board of Trustees I share our deepest condolences for the Boylan family. Major General Boylan fostered a legacy that will resonate for generations to come. He left an indelible mark on GMC and his memory will live inside our gates forevermore.’

Maj. Gen. Boylan dedicated 31 years of service in the United States Army between 1961 and 1992 in a decorated and distinguished military career. After graduating from the United States Military Academy, he went on to serve two combat tours in the Vietnam War and took part in the invasion of Grenada with the 82nd Airborne Division. He later returned to teach at the United States Military Academy as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and some years later returned as the Commandant of Cadets. For many years, he continued to serve on the board of trustees for the United States Military Academy. He also served as the Commanding General of the storied 10th Mountain Division. His awards and decorations include several for Valor in combat and Distinguished Service. Additionally, he is a 2006 Honorary Alumnus of GMC and while as President served on our Board of Trustees and our Foundation.

Maj. Gem/ Boylan‘s love for his country and education were a perfect marriage at Georgia Military College. Forever a patriot, Soldier, educator, and servant leader; his mark on GMC is seen all over the campus. MG Boylan became the 20th president of Georgia Military College in 1992 and remains the longest-serving president since our founding in 1879. MG Boylan is most remembered as restoring GMC's financial stability during his almost 21-year tenure. During his two decades of service, MG Boylan made the strategic decision to restore and renovate almost every building at GMC's Main Campus in Milledgeville. Additionally, the Preparatory School and Junior College soared to new heights academically and solidified their reputation not only for excellence in the classroom but for producing outstanding young men and women of exceptional character.

President of Georgia Military College, Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell, USA (Ret.) shared, ‘We are incredibly grateful to Major General Boylan for his leadership for 21 years. Through his commitment and dedication to our institution, he left a legacy that we continue to build on today. We will remember him and the contributions and impact he made on our great institution.’

MG Boylan and his wife Kathy had five children: two sons and three daughters. One of them, Emily, taught at GMC for 15 years and two of his grandsons, Elliot and Liam, graduated from the Preparatory School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they navigate this difficult time.”

The following is from the Baldwin2K NEWS, Milledgeville, GA

When Gen. Peter Boylan first became president of Georgia Military College in 1992, there were plenty of cracks in the foundation.

Literally and figuratively.

There were cracks in the road through campus, cracks in the sidewalks and even cracks in the buildings, most notably the Old Capitol Building, which was deteriorating and fading fast after years of neglect. To compound matters, the school's financial situation was extra shaky. There were problems meeting payroll, and sometimes teachers and employees wondered if they'd get a paycheck.

Fast forward 30-something years. The Old Capitol Building, which now looks like something straight from a postcard, is flanked by new and modern buildings seemingly everywhere. On top of that, GMC's community college footprint is expansive, with 15 different campuses around Georgia. GMC even offers four-year bachelor's degrees these days.

The man primarily responsible for GMC's 180 – Gen. Peter Boylan – passed away on Sunday morning. Boylan, 87, was surrounded by family at his Lake Sinclair home, according to a GMC press release. 

It's fairly fitting that Boylan passed away on Veterans Day Weekend. He was a West Point cadet, highly-decorated Vietnam War veteran and later a West Point instructor. Boylan, a paratrooper, was shot numerous times during a combat mission in Vietnam and nearly bled out. Following a prolonged recovery, instead of returning home, he jumped right back into combat action. In his later years, Boylan walked with a very pronounced limp and hunched-over posture, a result of jumping out of one too many airplanes during his time in the military.

Boylan later took part in the Grenada Invasion before retiring from the Army and taking a job as president of a struggling military school in middle Georgia. It was a long way from his boyhood home in Portage, Wisc., where he acquired the thick midwestern accent that he never lost. 

After spending countless hours around the state capitol building in Atlanta and hounding lawmakers, Boylan eventually got GMC's financial house in order, including a $21 million revocation on the Old Capitol Building. Old buildings were torn down and replaced with new ones, and GMC went from surviving to thriving.

Boylan also one of the key players in the creation of the Oconee River Greenway, some of which sits on GMC property. Boylan once again did his magic in Atlanta, securing funds and cutting through bureaucratic red tape.

Following his retirement in 2013, despite being in substantial pain, Boylan continued to volunteer around the community. Serving on the local hospital board, Boylan helped turn around the hospital now known as Atrium Health Navcient Baldwin, which was on life support and not doing great financially there for several years.

In other words, between his work at GMC, the Greenway and the local hospital, perhaps no other person has made more of a profound and positive impact on Baldwin County in the last 30-something years.

Boylan was an especially charismatic man and knew how to work any room, but he also had a very low tolerance for BS. Even in his later years as president, when he walked with a cane and mainly got around in a golf cart, it was clear who was in charge around campus. 

Boylan cared deeply for his country, and he cared deeply for Milledgeville.

Williams Funeral Home has charge of arrangements, which are pending.