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Doug Roby

Biographical information

TypeIOC member
Full nameDouglas Fergusson•Roby
Used nameDoug•Roby
Born24 March 1898 in Pomfret, Maryland (USA)
Died31 March 1992 in Ypsilanti, Michigan (USA)
NOC United States


A business administration graduate of the University of Michigan in 1923, Doug Roby settled in Michigan, spending his entire business career from 1934-92 with American Metal Products Company. While a student in Ann Arbor, Roby played on the baseball team as a leftfielder from 1921-22 and was a fullback on the football team. He then played one year of professional football in the NFL with the Cleveland Indians (1923). Roby was also an excellent squash player and helped his Detroit team win the US team squash championship in 1942.

Roby rose to become President of that American Metal Products from 1954-58 and Chairman of the Board from 1958-60. He also served on the Board of Directors of numerous companies in the Detroit and Michigan area, including the Detroit Arts Commission, the Detroit Zoological Society, and as a trustee of Harper-Grace Hospitals. In the field of sport, he served as vice-president of the Amateur Athletic Union from 1951-53, president of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) (1955-59), and was a vice-president and on the board of the USOC, serving as President from 1965-69. Roby was named to the IOC in 1952, serving until 1984.

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Member International Olympic Committee 1952—1984 USA Doug Roby
President Pan American Sports Organization 1955—1959 USA Doug Roby
President United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee 1965—1969 USA Doug Roby
Honorary International Olympic Committee 1985—1992 USA Doug Roby

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