It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that former superintendent of the Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB), Dr. Roy J. Brothers, passed away on February 15, 2021.
Dr. Brothers was superintendent at the WSSB from 1973-1990 and was credited for starting the Low Vision Clinic program, placing a larger emphasis on independent living, expanding campus programs to include more blind and low vision children with multiple disabilities, and increasing the emphasis on career development and work experience. While Roy was superintendent, the WSSB became a separate state agency, as the WSSB was previously under the Department of Social and Health Services. Partnerships with agencies were formed at a greater level and in 1988 the WSSB became accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Roy stayed involved at the WSSB throughout the years, serving on the Pacific Foundation for Blind Children as a valued board member and every year, he would present the “Roy J. Brothers Award” to a student at the school during our commencement ceremonies. Included with this announcement is a picture of Dr. Brothers and current Superintendent, Scott McCallum, in 2019, when Dr. Brothers presented the award to a student who had demonstrated outstanding progress in life skills, academic achievement, or citizenship.
Roy’s kind heart and infectious smile will be remembered by all, and his lasting legacy at the WSSB will never be forgotten.