| Patricia Disney, the former wife of Roy Disney, Dies at 77 |
Patricia Disney, the first wife of Roy Disney, the former vice chairman of the Walt Disney Co., died Friday of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 77. Patricia was vice chairman of Shamrock Holdings, the investment company for the Roy E. Disney Family. She and her husband, the nephew of the legendary Walt Disney, married in 1955 and divorced in 2007. Roy, who was chairman of Shamrock Holdings, died in December 2009.
She was born in New Orleans, moved to Southern California as a child and attended the University of Colorado. Before her marriage, she lived in New York and worked in advertising. She was a former regent of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., a past member of the board of the Peregrine Fund in Boise, Idaho, and a former trustee of Occidental College. Patricia Disney enjoyed literature, sailing and painting.
Survivors include children Roy Patrick Disney, Susan Disney Lord, Abigail Disney and Timothy Disney and 17 grandchildren.
by Mike Barnes