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Passing of Dr. Robert V. Williams

In Memoriam: Dr. Robert V. Williams – College of Information and Communications | University of South Carolina

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Robert Williams, or Dr. Bob as so many of us called him with affection. A long time member of ASIS&T, he chaired numerous committees, won the prestigious Watson Davis award in 2011 and was the primary supporter for the History of Information Science project. An undergraduate of Florida State University, he earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Bob created the archival studies program, was an architect of the library school/history joint degree, and designed the undergraduate program in Information Science for the School of Library and Information Science and was most proud when our first students matriculated. He supported the program with funds for research awards and scholarships. He was always available for students and faculty. His students adored him. His friends and colleagues called him true blue and all of us will miss this one of a kind “Gentleman Scholar.” Bob passed on January 14, 2017.