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In 1974, Dan Boynton was hired by Tufts University’s Department of Psychiatry to create the community-based organization that would become Bay Cove Human Services. Working from his own personal philosophy that everyone had potential—including the homeless, chronically mentally ill and addicted individuals who Bay Cove would serve—Dan set out to make Bay Cove an invaluable resource for the men and women that he felt society often considered “throwaway people.”

For the next 27 years, Dan led Bay Cove’s growth from a single alcohol detoxification program to an agency that, at the time of his retirement in 2001, boasted more than 100 programs and 1,600 staff, and had grown to offer services to individuals with developmental disabilities, children with developmental delays and adolescents with special educational needs. Dan established Bay Cove’s guiding principles and many of the hallmarks for which Bay Cove came to be known as an agency—such as leading the charge for people with mental illness to receive their services in the community, and Bay Cove’s willingness to offer services and treatment to consumers with the most complex diagnoses, who other organizations often refused to admit.

In addition to leading Bay Cove, Dan was a statewide leader in the human services field, including holding an active role during the formative years of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers (MCHSP). He served as the MCHSP’s President from 1990-1992.
Dan remained active with Bay Cove from 2001-2011 as a part-time consultant, advisor to management and an advocate for the people we serve. He is currently a member of Bay Cove’s Board of Advocates.

In 2002, Bay Cove’s new state-of-the-art site for our Early Intervention program and the Small Wonders Nursery School was opened as the Daniel C. Boynton Child Development Center in his honor.