Paul H. Boase was regarded as a visionary in the field of communication. He was influential in advancing the study of interpersonal communication. Because of his vision, the School of Interpersonal Communication at Ohio University (then called INCO) was the first academic unit to use that name. Dr. Boase was the first director of the School, serving in that role from 1964 to 1981. Dr. Boase died December 13, 2000. The Boase Prize for scholarship was created to, in the words of his wife Connie, "keep his name alive" in the field. The award is given annually to scholars who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in any area of communication.