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Stanley Williams ’34

Published in July 2, 1997, issue

Stan Williams, a leader in the malt industry in Wisconsin and a creator and former board chairman of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, died May 2, 1997, in Mobile, Ala., of Parkinson's disease and pneumonia. A native of Greensboro, N.C., he went to Milwaukee in 1953 as executive v.p. of Wisconsin Malting Co. He became president that year and spent the rest of his career heading malt firms. He was also president of the Milwaukee Assn. of Commerce and a director of Northwestern Natl. Insurance Group. "Part of Stan's success," said a Milwaukee businessman and friend of his, "was his ability to get along with people."

A member of our class executive committee from 1974-79, Stan enjoyed the company of many '31 friends, including especially Jack Van Dyke and John Warner in Milwaukee and Bill Lee Sanders and Milt Englert in Mississippi and Alabama, where Stan lived (in Daphne, near Mobile), though he kept a farm near Milwaukee for summers.

Stan and Katharine "Kay" Elwell Noyes (Smith '46), were married in 1972. She survives, as do a son, Fielding, a Marine Corps major; a grandson, and four stepchildren, Haskell Noyes, Antoinette Kirk, Jocelyn Burke, and Bolton Noyes. A Naval officer during WWII, Stan had a military service aboard the USS Alabama with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps. His ashes were spread in Mobile Bay.

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