Roy Edward Disney PO ’51, a powerful force in the entertainment empire named for his uncle, died Wednesday. He was 79.Disney’s death was confirmed by Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Shamrock Holdings, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, according to
Disney, who had suffered from stomach cancer, died at the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif., the
Los Angeles Times
reported. He was a director emeritus and consultant for the company.Disney had a varsity-swimming letter and was a pitcher in junior-varsity baseball during his time as a Sagehen, said Cynthia Peters, a college spokeswoman. He was an English major and endowed the Roy Edward Disney Professorship of Creative Writing, a position that was held by the late writer David Foster Wallace.