William and Jane Roy*

William and Jane Roy*

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William and Jane  Roy*

William R. Roy, jd '70 and honorary doctorate '08, was born February 23, 1926 in Bloomington, Ill. He earned a B.S. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1946 and an M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in 1950. He and his wife, Jane (Osterhoudt) Roy, jd '70, graduated together from the Washburn University School of Law. The same year, Roy ran as a Democrat in the historically Republican second congressional district against a three-term incumbent and won. He was reelected to the House of Representatives in 1972. In 1974, he challenged fellow Washburn alumnus Robert Dole, jd 52, for Dole's seat in the Senate, Roy lost, but garnered 49 percent of the votes. Roy returned to private practice in 1979 and retired after 25 years total practice in 1989. He wrote a weekly column for the Topeka Capital Journal for 23 years. Jane earned her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1945 and she was the first woman to serve as a Commissioner on the Kansas Corporation Commission. The couple is survived by six children.