Roger Nelson Williams ’46 died on January 10, 2006, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Born on October 27, 1924, in Winthrop, MA, he prepared for college at Winthrop High School and Wellesley High School and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended for a year in 1942–43 before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II from 1943 to November of 1945 and attaining the rank of corporal. He returned to the College in 1946 and graduated in June of 1948. After performing that summer with the Meddiebempsters on a U.S.O. tour in Europe to entertain troops stationed there, he joined the sales staff of the Standard-Vacuum Oil Company, where he was employed for many years as a district manager in Cebu in the Philippines. He later became a resale manager with Mobil Oil Malaya Ltd. in Singapore. He had other overseas assignments in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia and retired from Mobil in 1982. In that year, he went to work with the Skaarup Oil Corporation in Greenwich, CT, while also operating a family business, the J & R Williams Company in Andover, MA. He retired to a family home at the Ragged Mountain Fish and Game Club in New Hampshire. During his retirement, he attended Vermont Law School, from which he received his J.D. degree. Surviving are two daughters, Ann E. Williams of Arlington, VA, and Catherine L. Williams of Orange, CT; a son, James C. Williams of Chevy Chase, MD; and four grandchildren.