Richard Williams, retired associate dean of the College at Princeton, died May 11, 2018, at the age of 75.
Williams graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1964 and was a decorated major who served in an airborne brigade during the Vietnam War. He earned a master’s degree in history from Princeton in 1972.
He was an assistant, then associate, dean in the office of the Dean of the College at Princeton from 1974 until he retired in 2010. Williams was an honorary member of the classes of 1978, 1983, 2002, and 2006.
Former Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel said that Williams was known for his “great rapport with students; ability to work quiet miracles, day in and day out, to rescue students in difficulty; and combination of intense human compassion and strong commitment to institutional standards.”
Williams resided in Princeton Junction for more than 45 years. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Victoria J. Ridge; two daughters; a stepdaughter; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son.
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