Roy lived a full life of service

billroyBill Roy, who died early Monday at the age of 88, lived a full life of service. Roy served in the U.S. Air Force, as a Topeka physician (he delivered more than 8,000 babies), as a member of Congress, and as a community volunteer and devoted family man. Roy also wrote newspaper commentaries, some of which appeared in The Eagle. His last commentary in The Eagle was published April 20, 2013, and was about Jackie Robinson and the movie “42.” Roy wrote that “black athletes and musicians helped remove the blinders on white Americans’ eyes and let us see the scholars, scientists and leaders whose released talents make us a stronger nation today.” Roy’s talents made Kansas stronger. As Gov. Sam Brownback noted in a statement about Roy: “He served the people of Kansas proudly and well.”