Robert Billingslea, formerly the vice president of corporate urban affairs for The Walt Disney Company, passed away on Friday. He was 79 years old. As the Orlando Sentinel reports, Billingslea worked at Disney for 42 years and served as a liaison between the company and groups such as the NAACP, the Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, and others. Billingslea retired from the company in 2012. In a statement, Walt Disney World president George Kalogridis said, “He made a large impact on many people and organizations throughout Central Florida and beyond. He will be greatly missed.”
Billingslea is survived by his wife, son Robert Billingslea Jr., two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.