Funeral services for Fred Boyce were held over the weekend. He passed away May 6th, at age 65.
He was one of the men at the center of a decades-long fight over the treatment of young boys at the Fernald State School in Waltham.
A ward of the state, Boyce was sent to the Fernald School at eight and labeled a "moron." He spent the rest of his life trying to shake the stigma attached to the diagnosis. He spoke about it in a 2002 interview on Morning Edition.
This program aired on May 22, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.