Roy Edward Disney, son of Disney Studios co-founder Roy O. Disney, and nephew of Walt Disney, passed away Dec. 16 at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif., following a yearlong battle with stomach cancer. He was 79 years old.
Disney played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney’s animation legacy. He was associated with the Company for more than 56 years, and from 1984-2003, served as vice chairman of the Company’s board of directors and chairman of the Studio’s Animation department. In recent years, he held the title of director emeritus and consultant for the Company.