By Sid Riley
Roy C. McKay started as a struggling African-American schoolboy in Malone, and ended as a state honored role model for us all. Because of a lifetime of dedicated professional service, the administration building at Dozier School for Boys will now forever bear his name.
After graduation from Malone High, he attended college at Los Angeles City College, and then obtained his BS from Florida Memorial College in St. Augustine. McKay then went to work at Dozier as a houseparent. Over the next thirty seven years of his career he rose through the organizational ranks at the school until he finally made it to the top. He served as the Superintendent for thirteen years, until his retirement in 1999.
Along the way he positively influenced the lives of many who had contact with this distinguished, devoted man. He and his wife Rosie shared thirty three happy years and were blessed with one child, a daughter Denise. On March 17, 2000 Roy McKay passed away after a long fight with cancer.
This past Thursday, February 7, his life of devotion and hard work was honored at a special dedication ceremony at Dozier. He was memorialized by Mary Zahasky, current Superintendent, Benny Green, STP Director, Bruce Gambill, Business Manager, Rex Uberman, Assistant Secretary for Residential Facilities, Richard Davidson, Deputy Secretary of Juvenile Justice, and Walter McNeil, Secretary of Juvenile Justice, many appreciative co-workers, and loving family members. At that ceremony the Administration Building at Dozier was officially named "The Roy C. McKay Administration Building".