A Legacy of Generosity

Dec. 5, 2022
Chris Segrin and David Williams

David Williams (right) with Chris Segrin at this 2004 retirement luncheon.

The David A. Williams Scholarship has been providing communication majors with financial support since 2004 when Williams retired from the Department of Communication after a 33-year career at the university.

Recent recipient Brook Couture said the funds will support her goal of obtaining a master’s degree in speech language pathology.

“All schooling is expensive, and I am so thankful for the David Williams Scholarship for helping make it possible for me to achieve my academic goals!” Brook said.

Williams passed away on Aug. 11, 2022, just days after his 83rd birthday, and the scholarship remains part of his enduring legacy.

A popular and accomplished instructor, Williams taught courses in communication and poetry, communication and fiction, and literature. He taught a poetry course at the state prison and communication skills to paramedics. Outside the classroom, Williams acted in plays and narrated films and radio programs.

“Professor Williams was one of the most recognizable and well-liked faculty members in the history of the Department of Communication,” said Chris Segrin, head of the department.

You can contribute to the David Williams Scholarship online.


This story was included in the winter 2022 Developments newsletter.