Boyer House will be part of the new Campus North Residential Commons, scheduled to open at the start of the 2016–17 academic year.

John and Barbara Boyer House

John Boyer and Barbara Juskevich met while undergraduate students at Loyola University Chicago. Both had grown up on the South Side and were the first in their families to attend college. They graduated in June 1968 and were married in August of the same year.

Boyer, AM’69, PhD’75, and dean of the College and the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History, came to the University of Chicago to do graduate work in history and stayed on as a faculty member. He was appointed dean of the College in 1992 by President Hanna H. Gray and began his fifth term in 2012. He is the longest-serving College dean in University history.

Improving student life—including building new residence halls—has been one of his major goals as dean. Sixty current and former members of the College’s Visiting Committee joined forces to name Boyer House in the couple’s honor. The Visiting Committee’s gift also endowed Metcalf Internships and an Odyssey Scholarship in their names.

Boyer specializes in the history of the Habsburg Empire and Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries and the history of higher education. His books include Political Radicalism in Late Imperial Vienna: Origins of the Christian Social Movement, 1848-1897; Culture and Political Crisis in Vienna: Christian Socialism in Power, 1897-1918;  Karl Lueger (1844-1910); and The University of Chicago: History.

Barbara Boyer taught high school briefly before attending graduate school in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She held administrative positions in the University’s Department of Statistics and the Center for International Studies before becoming a full-time writer. A new installment of her current project, The Chronicles of Tairne, is published twice a week at

The Boyers live in Hyde Park, where the dean can often be spotted cycling around the neighborhood. Barbara prefers tai chi. They have three grown children: son Dominic, LAB’88, AM’94, PhD’00, and twin daughters Alexandra, LAB’96, and Victoria, LAB’96, as well as nine grandchildren.