(1919 — 2007)
Roy Lavender was from Delaware, Ohio, and later resided in California. He began reading SF at a very early age, before the SF pulp magazines had appeared. Later, while in college, he attended a fan group in Fort Wayne where he met SF fans Ted Dikty and Martin Greenberg.
Another early friend of his was fellow SF fan Don Ford, and they both were active in the Cincinnati Fantasy Group when it was headed by early SF author Charles R.Tanner. He was a member of the Cinvention committee and one of the founders of Midwestcon.