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Thomas O. Williams ’50

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Born in Spooner, Wisconsin, to Edith Davies and John A. Williams, Tom was the third of four sons. He graduated from Oregon City High School and attended Reed before transferring to the University of Oregon. He was very proud of his service as a naval radar instructor during WWII and enjoyed more than 30 years at Tektronix as the community relations manager and the director of the Tektronix Foundation. He represented Tektronix by visiting many schools, universities, and organizations, facilitating Tektronix grants and scholarships. He served his community on the boards of United Way, Junior Achievement, and the Washington County Fire District. Tom and his wife of 65 years, Doris (Schell), settled in Milwaukie and then Garden Home. In later years, they moved to Claremont, and finally to Laurel Parc, a senior living facility, where Doris died in 2011. Tom’s three children, Susan Mihelich, Thomas Williams, and Sharon Williams, survive him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2017

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