Joel F. Williams ’41

Joel F. Williams ’41 died July 8, 2014, in Dallas, N.C., just seven days shy of his 95th birthday. He was born on July 15, 1919, in Quincy, Mass., and graduated from North Quincy High School, where he made the All-South Shore team in football as quarterback and was the only player to start in both football and baseball against their archrival, Quincy High School. At Bowdoin, he was elected vice president of his freshman class, was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, captain of the freshman football team and played varsity football. He enrolled in an air training course and later was appointed an aviation cadet in the Naval Air Corp. After graduation, he entered the Navy, was awarded his wings as a pilot and went on to become a flight instructor based in Jacksonville, Fla. After the war, he began a successful career in banking, retiring in 1978 from Wachovia Bank & Trust. He is survived by his son, James B. Williams; four grandchildren and a great-grandson. He was predeceased in 2005 by his wife of 61 years, Virginia Brice Williams; daughter Karen Williams Lee; son John Wesley Williams and sister Esther Nicole.

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