Loss of a Long-Time Friend
T. Williams Jr. 52, a life trustee and past chairman of the
Moravian College Board of Trustees, as well as a trustee of Moravian
Theological Seminary, died October 8 in Philadelphia at the age
of 70. A resident of Bethlehem, he had been the senior judge of
Northampton Countys Court of Common Pleas.
almost four decades, Al Williams offered an extraordinary measure
of leadership, energy, and resources to Moravian College,
said President Ervin J. Rokke. Few figures in our institutions
recent history have had a greater influence on our continued success.
his stewardship, the College graduated its first M.B.A. class, expanded
its curriculum to 32 programs of study, and endowed four professorial
chairs. Williams supervised numerous building campaigns and the
successful capital drive of 1987, which outstripped its goal of
$17 million and raised $24 million.
Allentown Morning Call, in an editorial tribute, called him one
of the finest public citizens of the Lehigh Valley. He was
a past president of the Lehigh Valley Community Council and a trustee
of many civic organizations, including Central Moravian Church and
St. Lukes Hospital.
Williams was named to the Colleges board in 1963. He served
as chairman for 18 years, from 1974 to 1992. During that extended
period, he led Moravians transformation into a modern institution,
said President Rokke.
his services to the College, which also included a term as president
of the Alumni Association, Judge Williams received the Alumni Medallion
of Merit in 1966 and the Comenius Alumni Award in 1984. He was awarded
an honorary Doctor of Laws by Muhlenberg College in 1990 and by
Moravian in 1992.
judge was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School
in 1955 and elected to the bench in 1968. His 23 years as a judge
included 12 as president judge in Northampton County. He retired
in 1991 for health reasons but continued to work as an emeritus
judge until the week before his death.
County President Judge Robert A. Freedberg, who succeeded Judge
Williams, referred to him as one of the great trial judges
in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
have lost one of our closest and dearest old friends, said
President Rokke. At the same time, as long we pursue our centuries-old
mission of teaching and learning on this campus, we will never lose
the fruits of Al Williams remarkable labors at Moravian.
Williams is survived by his wife of 14 years, Patricia; daughter
Beth A. Boyer 78 of Bethlehem; sons Thomas A. of Auburn, Ala.,
and David A. of Bethlehem; stepsons Michael Hoffman of Boise, Idaho,
and Christopher Hoffman of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren; and
service was held October 12 at Central Moravian Church. The family
asks that memorial contributions be made to the Alfred T. Williams
Jr. Scholarship Fund at the College.