Robert E. Williams
was born July 25, 1928, in Kimball, Nebraska. He graduated from
the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Civil Engineering. Following his graduation he was appointed
a Deck Officer on September 7, 1950, and commissioned an Ensign
on March 7, 1951.
During his almost 28-year career, he served aboard the following
ships: EXPLORER and PATHFINDER; HODGSON as Executive Officer
and Commanding Officer; and RAINIER as Commanding Officer. His
other assignments included various field parties; Cartographer
to the Point IV Program in Monrovia, Liberia; Projects Officer,
Operations Division, Office of Oceanography; Operations Officer
at the Seattle Regional Office; Chief, Operations Division and
later Deputy Director at the Pacific Marine Center; Director,
Lake Survey Center; Director, Sea Grant Program at the University
of Washington; NOS, New Ship Construction Staff; and at the
time of his retirement on November 1, 1978, as the Deputy Associate
Director, Office of Fleet Operations.
He was awarded the Department of Commerce Silver Medal, World
War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, U.S. Army Good
Conduct Medal, and Unit Citation.
Captain Williams is survived by his wife, Audrey, and two children
Dale and Donna.
NOAA CORPS BULLETIN, 12/1/1989