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1924 - 2009

ROGER D. WILLIAMS, M.D., 1924 - 2009

Born on May 26, 1924 in Charlotte North Carolina. Dr. Williams was a graduate of Duke University with a BS and the Duke University School of Medicine with a MD degree in 1947. He went on to do an internship at Duke Hospital between 1947 and 1948. IN 1948, He transferred to Ohio State University where he initially did a year as a pathology resident before switching to the general surgery residency training program. He completed his general surgical residency in 1951, the last year of which he held the title of Instructor.

Between 1952 and 1954, he went into the military service with the United States Marines during the Korean War as Executive Officer, 1st battalion, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded a Bronze star during his time of service. After his time in the military, Dr. Williams returned to Ohio State University School of Medicine where he spent a significant portion of his academic career in the Department of Surgery under the leadership of Dr. Robert M. Zollinger. He started as an Instructor again, but was rapidly promoted. He went from an Instructor in 1954 to Assistant Professor in 1955, to Associate Professor in 1959, and then full Professor in 1962. While on faculty at Ohio State he met and married Martha Jeanne Wiedeman in 1957 to whom he would stay married for 52 years. Together they had three children.

During his academic career he published extensively about surgery of the colon, pancreas, biliary tract, and spleen. He was on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of Trauma. In addition to the American Surgical Association, he was a member of several other major surgical societies including the Society of University Surgeons, the Association of Surgery of Trauma, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Surgeons.

In December of 1965, Dr. Williams became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch. This was a post he held until 1967. Early in 1968, he moved his family to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he joined Dickey, Fisher, Williams Associates practicing general surgery. He retired to Diroge Ranch in Newberry Florida in 1983 to raise cattle and establish a vineyard.

He passed away on December 22, 2009 in Newberry Florida survived by his wife and three children and eight grandchildren.