An interview with Jimmy C. Boley

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Edition V22N01 | Year 2017 | Editorial Interview | Pages 32 to 37

Jimmy C. Boley

I could say that the feeling of editing this interview is astonishing. I met Dr. Jim Boley when I was only 10 years old. At that time, I lived in Dallas with my family and I remember very well the good friendship he had with my parents, which has been extended to us to this date. Dr. Boley, besides practicing and teaching an admirable orthodontics for over five decades, had the privilege of lecturing and spreading all his knowledge in more than twelve countries over forty years. He is known all over the world as one of the orthodontists who have done and still do more for our specialty. He was diplomate by the American Board of Orthodontics in 1971 and still works as an examiner for the Board. He was the President of Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists and recently exited from his position as President of the Charles H. Tweed International Foundation for Orthodontic Research, where he has been teaching since 1971. He retired three years ago from his job in his private office, where he produced clinical material for more than 20 theses in several departments of orthodontics, as well as scientific papers. He still teaches and supervises Baylor College University students in Dallas, where he has been honored many times, which includes being awarded a Robert E. Gaylord Award of excellence in orthodontics teaching, and a Thomas M. Matthews prize, for having contributed with the department at Baylor and with his former pupils. Those who know him also know his hobbies are playing golf, exercising, and walking his 3 dogs, as well as his great love for his two daughters, Brenda and Betsy, and four grandchildren. He has been married for over twenty years with our dear Sabrina. At the moments when orthodontics is not all consuming, he makes the most of his time off spending his weekends at his Texas ranch with his family. Today, after 20 years as friends, I am deeply grateful for the chance of talking and questioning him about orthodontics, and for being aware of his precious scientific contribution, and for what he represents in the history of orthodontics.
Isabela Parsekian Martins – interview coordinator

Boley JC. An interview with Jimmy C. Boley. Dental Press J Orthod. 2017 Jan-Feb;22(1):32-7. DOI:

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