William B. Roman, Jr., M.D., slipped the bonds of earth the morning of December 3, 2014. He loved much, gave more and touched many lives. He was a pharmacist, physician, educator, sailor, and philanthropist, living a full life for almost 90 years.
Bill, aka “Bubba”, aka “Doctor Bill”, was born at home in Bryan January 7, 1925. He attended Bryan schools and the University of Texas before enlisting in the U. S. Navy in WWII. After the war, he completed degrees in pharmacy and zoology at the University of Texas and a degree in Science from Texas A&M before being accepted to the UTMB Medical School in Galveston. He married Jo Adams in 1953 and graduated medical school in 1954. Bill and Jo had three children. After Jo died in 1982, he married Jeannette Haynes Serio, who survives him.
After completing residencies in OBGYN in Dallas, Bill returned to Bryan to open his medical practice. He delivered several thousand babies in Bryan over the years. He taught a class per semester at Texas A&M in the Physical Education department and lectured at the A&M Medical School. He was awarded the UTMB outstanding alumnus award in 2004. There are scholarships at UT College of Pharmacy, Texas A&M and UTMB which he established.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William B. and Bertha Roman, his sister, Alice Sue Hunter, and his son William B. Roman III.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette H. Roman; his son, Stuart Patrick Roman (Nancy Jean) of Bryan, Texas; his daughters Marcella R. Winters (Jim) of Pace, Florida and Courtney Serio of Fayetteville; grandsons William B. C. Roman of Bryan, Texas, Joseph C. Winters (Jessica) of Clermont, Florida, William J. Winters of Pensacola, Florida, Timothy W.Winters of Pace, Florida; Zachary Meyer of Fayetteville and granddaughters Jamie R. Speed (Jonathan) of College Station, Texas, Casaday Saunders of Natchez, Mississippi, Jacqueline Biehler (William) of Fayetteville and six great-granddaughters and two great-grandson. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Nancy Roman (widow of Buck Roman), his brother-in-law, Clifford Hunter, two nieces, and three great-nieces.
Your kind memorial donation can be made to St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 217 West 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803; the Roman Family Scholarship at the University of Texas – Austin College of Pharmacy, the William B. Roman, Jr. ’50 MD endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M, and The William B. and Jeannette H. Roman Presidential scholarship at UTMB; Or Aggieland Humane Society, 5359 Leonard Road, Bryan, Texas 77807; please no flowers as the family finds great comfort in your generosity.
Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014 at St. Gabriel Anglican Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 10am, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Bryan, Texas. Expression of condolences can be made at callawayjones.com