Madeline K. Royal, a pioneer in the field of journalism, is fondly remembered for her joyous spirit.
"Maddy was always looking forward to traveling, family reunions, meeting friends and doing more free-lance writing," said Jeanette Howard, a longtime friend. "She gave others hope for the future."
A faculty member in the journalism department at the University of Iowa, Royal died of a heart attack Saturday in her home. She was 62.
Royal, who lived in Iowa City, Iowa, was born in Correctionville, Iowa, and began her journalism career at the age of 15 by writing stories for the Correctionville News. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the University of Iowa.
A longtime resident of Des Moines, Miss Royal was publicity director for the National Arts Museum; public affairs officer for Drake University; and a gardening columnist for The Des Moines Register.
Royal was the first female sports editor of the University of Iowa yearbook and the first female member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Surviving is one brother, Geoffrey of Houston.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in Skyline Funeral Home, 4538 Roanoke Blvd., Iowa City, Iowa.
The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Adaline Reeser officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Gentle Rest Cemetery, Iowa City. Memorials may be sent to the journalism department at the University of Iowa for a scholarship in Royal's name.