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James R. Williams ’69

Published in Apr.21, 1993, issue

IT IS WITH GREAT sadness that we record the death of James R. Williams, on Aug. 20, 1992. For over 20 years, Jim was employed by Factory Mutual Insurance, beginning in Boston as an appraiser of chemical plants and eventually relocating to Long Beach, Calif., where he served as manager for the western division. These professional responsibilities involved travel throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific. He was both a member and an instructor for the Appraisal Society of America.

He also traveled extensively on his personal time. An avid and accomplished gardener, Jim enjoyed woodworking and constructed several pieces of furniture for his home.

Friends and colleagues remember him as a generous individual whose kindness and patience were shared with many. He is survived by his parents, Lois and Jack Williams, and his sisters Charlotte and Pat. With them, the Class of 1969 mourns the untimely passing of a highly regarded classmate.

The Class of 1969

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John Abbotts 69 Says:

2013-12-09 10:25:11

Jim and I both worked for Ralph Nader 55 in the summer of '69. We worked on different task groups, I on air pollution, and he, I think, on water pollution. After the summer, I went into the Navy and Jim stayed in D.C. When I came to D.C. over the holidays to do some work on our draft report, Jim was kind enough to let me stay in his apartment near DuPont circle, where the office was. I only learned of the opportunity to post a remembrance here recently, so my apologies for posting at this late date. I suffered a minor stroke in 2007, with some memory loss. So the summer and Christmas holiday of 1969 are the only interactions with Jim that stand out in my mind. But it was an intense summer for both of us, each group produced a report that was published as a book, and as science geeks, we were both pleased to have a chance to combine science with public-policy analysis and work "in the nation's service," with Ralph Nader. Jim was a good and generous friend, and I mourn his passing, and belatedly offer my condolences to his family.
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