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CHEYENNE - Former Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction K. Harrison "Harry" Roberts has died after a brief illness. He was 91.

Roberts died Wednesday at a hospice in Vero Beach, Fla., according to one of his daughters, Mandy Metzger.

Roberts was elected state superintendent in 1966 and was the first non-educator to hold that job. In 1970, Roberts won the Republican nomination for Wyoming's U.S. House seat, losing in the general election to Democrat Teno Roncalio by just 608 votes.

Roberts was born Dec. 10, 1917, in New York City. He grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and in Gainesville, Va. He graduated from Yale University in 1939 with a degree in economics.

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He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

Roberts is survived by five daughters, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise "Toni" Roberts in 1985.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Casper.

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