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Roger John Williams ’39

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Roger John Williams ’39, December 25, 2008, in Bexley, Ohio. Roger received a BA from Reed in economics, and fought with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He did graduate work at Stanford, and earned a PhD in economics from Columbia University in 1959. He taught courses in economics and finance at the University of Rochester, Baldwin-Wallace, St. John's University, Moravian College, and Tiffin University. He was chief economist for Standard & Poor's in New York City for several years, and worked for Union Carbide and Luria Brothers. He also worked as a consultant on foreign economic policy for the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and founded Investor Trends in Pickerington, Ohio. Roger composed poetry, and remained a devotee of Reed throughout his life. “I have always been proud of the Reed tradition,” he stated. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Graziano Williams; two sons, a brother and half-brother. His first wife and one son predeceased him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2009

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