Robert Sylvanus Roys

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004

Long-time Juneau resident Robert Sylvanus Roys died Sept. 16, 2004 at his home.

He was born on July 1, 1934, in Lafayette, Ind. He was the son of the late Dr. Carl S. Roys and of Ursula Purinton Roys. After graduation from high school in Amherst, Mass. in 1952, he joined the U.S. Army and fought in the Infantry in the Korean War. After serving in the Army he attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, graduating with a bachelor of science in wildlife management fisheries in 1960 to be a fisheries biologist.

He first came to Alaska in the summers of 1958 and 1959 with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the Chignik area. After college graduation he joined the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Kodiak. In 1963 he moved to Cordova and performed research on the impact of the Good Friday earthquake on the salmon runs in Prince William Sound. In 1971 he and his family moved to Juneau where he became the first Director of the Fisheries Rehabilitation, Enhancement, and Development Division. He retired from state service in 1982 and subsequently worked as a private consultant and for Douglas Island Pink and Chum and Prince William Sound Aquaculture. He was an avid outdoorsman with a deep love for Alaska, travel, family and friends. He lived in Juneau for 33 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Carol Tiffany Roys of Juneau.

He is survived by his children, Matthew and Sharol Roys of Juneau, and Rob Roys and Pagan Hill of Juneau; stepchildren, Chris Brown and Libby McDonough of Juneau, and Kim Brown and Gary Mannix of Butte, Mont.; grandchildren, Connor Brown, Kayla Roys, and Ruth Roys of Juneau, and Bret, Colin, Corey, and Tyler Pullman of Butte, Mont.; siblings, Mary Valiton, Eleanor Woodard, Dorothy Morrissey, and Charles Roys of Mass., and Arthur Roys of Fla.; and many nieces and nephews including Patrick Morrissey of Juneau.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Juneau Mountain Rescue, 2970 Foster Ave., Juneau, AK 99801.

A Celebration of Life will be held at DIPAC, 2697 Channel Drive in Juneau on Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. Everyone who knew Roys is invited and welcome.

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