Clyde E. Williams '42

Clyde Williams '42Clyde E. Williams, Jr., entered the Chapter Eternal on March 7th, 2014 at his Shaker Heights home. Clyde was born December 17, 1919. He was 94 years old.

Clyde was the husband of the late Ruth Williams (nee Van Aken) and the son of the late Clyde E. and Martha (Barlow) Williams. He was the father of Mark V. Williams (Janice), Sara W. Parish (David) and the late Clyde E. Williams, III; he was the grandfather of Mark J Williams and the brother of Thomas J. Williams (Lowell) and the late Samuel B. Williams (Barbara G.) and many nieces and nephews.

Clyde grew up in Columbus, Ohio. Though he became legally blind at a young age, with great determination and hard work he graduated from Denison University in 1942 and Harvard Law School in 1945.

Upon graduation, he moved to Cleveland where he practiced law, eventually becoming a partner at Spieth, Bell McCurdy and Newell Co, L.P.A. for over fifty years. For over forty years he was actively involved with the Cleveland Sight Center, serving in many capacities, including chairman of the board of trustees.

Clyde remained close to his Alma Mater, in 2007 establishing a faculty chair at Denison, The William T. Utter/Clyde E. Williams, Jr. Endowed Professorship, which honors the qualities that Professor Utter exhibited in his Denison teaching career, his scholarship, and his personal values.

Clyde was a world traveler but enjoyed spending summers at the family home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to The Cleveland Sight Center, 1909 E. 101st St., Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

All honor to his name.

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