Throughout the decades, Roy has held various significant roles and has been an integral member of the Y. He recounts how in the eighties he reached out to Ben Weider to ask if he was interested in donating some very much needed weight lifting equipment. And thanks to Roy, this donation led to the expansion of the current weight lifting space and eventually to the Y’s “first modernization”.
He was inducted into the International Jewish Hall of Fame in 2018.
Roy recounts a fond memory about his involvement as Chairman of the Heart and Health Month at the Y. “Dr. Ruth had come to speak at two sessions. The first one was for a group of teens. During the evening adult session, the gym was packed. My job was to select from a list of submitted questions that I thought to be most interesting and appropriate. I guess that Dr. Ruth really liked the last one, and she gave me a big handshake and big smile at the end.
My late son Danny and I drove Dr. Ruth back to Ruby Foos, where she was staying. I asked her if she would like to join us at the coffee shop for a snack. She replied, “I’m not really hungry, but I will join you”. She proceeded to eat a hamburger, about half her size, a full order of French fries and a beverage. Danny and I gave each other a knowing glance, one that questioned what Dr. Ruth might eat if she were really hungry.