Meredith College Mourns Loss of Trustee Emeritus Fred Williams

Meredith College mourns the loss of Trustee Emeritus Fred Williams, of Greensboro, N.C., who died on March 16 just short of his 100th birthday.

Committed to women’s education, Fred Williams served on the Meredith College Board of Trustees from 1960 – 2004. His service to and support of Meredith College spanned the administrations of four presidents – Bruce Heilman, John Weems, Maureen Hartford, and Jo Allen.

As a trustee, Williams served on the Business and Finance, Development, and Executive Committees. To honor his wife, a 1937 alumna, he established the Vida Thompson Williams Scholarship.

Williams is the father of current Meredith College Trustee Nancy Williams Cheek, ’63. He is also survived by son Walter Frederick Williams, Jr., daughter Susan Monroe Williams, his children’s spouses, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Williams’ life will be held at First Baptist Church, Greensboro on Friday at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church and the family will visit with friends in the church atrium following the service. The family will also visit with friends 4-6 p.m. Friday at Well Spring.

Meredith College is one of the organizations the family has designated for gifts in honor of his life. 

Melyssa Allen

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