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In Memoriam: Rod Shealy

August 19, 2010 1 comment

All of us at Autism Speaks are profoundly saddened at the passing of Rodney Ryan “Rod” Shealy, Sr., brother of Lorri Unumb, Autism Speaks senior policy advisor & counsel. A longtime South Carolina political advisor and businessman, Rod helped Lorri draft and find legislative support for the state’s autism insurance reform law, named “Ryan’s Law” after Lorri’s son with autism. Colleagues and South Carolina State legislators remember Rod as a man passionate about the political process and his role in it, but also as one who never missed out on the fun and games of politics. He pushed those he worked with to always do their best and, no matter how far behind in the polls a client may have been, he never once doubted his ability to win. We extend our deepest sympathies to the Shealy and Unumb families and ask the autism community to join us in mourning the loss of this great political ally. Thank you, Rod, for seeing the potential in your nephew, Ryan, and others like him, and for the critical role you played in starting the autism insurance reform movement that is now helping families across the nation access the insurance coverage they deserve.

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