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In Memory of Edward Carl Roy, Jr.


roy jr.Dr. Edward Carl Roy, Jr., 71, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2007, in San Antonio. He was born on October 17, 1936, in Cleveland, OH, to Dr. Edward Carl and Mary Roy. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in paleontology and sedimentary geology from Ohio State University in 1961 and 1964 respectively.

Upon graduation, he worked for Shell Oil Company until 1966, when he became an Assistant Professor of Geology at Trinity University. During his first year he was honored as Outstanding Professor. Dr. Roy achieved the rank of Professor in 1977. He served as the Dean of the Division of Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering, from 1986 to 1987, and as the Vice President for Academic Affairs, from 1987 to 1999. From 1999 to 2005 he was the Gertrude and Walter Pyron Distinguished Professor of Geology. He was currently Professor of Geology Emeritus working part time in the Department of Education.

Dr. Roy was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geological Society of America, SEPM, GCSSEPM, South Texas Geological Society, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. He served as the president of the American Geological Institute, the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and the South Texas Geological Society. He served on numerous committees of the above cited societies and associations. Dr. Roy was a member of the Board of Earth Sciences and Resources of the National Research Council from 1993 to 1999.

He was currently a member of the Citizens Advisory Panel of SAWS, a Trustee of the American Geological Institute Foundation, and a Trustee of the Baumberger Endowment. In 2002 he was appointed by the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency to chair the Texas Earth Science Task Force. He was the recipient of numerous professional awards. Dr. Roy was known as a wonderful professor who was loved by many students. He was a true gentleman and a great teacher, promoting science and education in the schools and young minds.

He was also undeniably devoted to his wife, his children, grandchildren, friends, students, and colleagues.