The Passing of Dr. Robert V. Williams

Today is a sad day for the University of South Carolina with the passing Bob Williams.

Dr. Robert V. Williams, or Dr. Bob as so many of us called him with affection, passed Saturday night, January 14, 2017.

Dr. Bob created the archival studies program, was an architect of the library school/history joint degree, and designed the undergraduate program in Information Science for the School of Library and Information Science and was most proud when our first students matriculated. He supported the program with funds for research awards and scholarships. He was always available for students and faculty. He received the prestigious Watson Davis award from the Association of Information Science and Technology and was the primary supporter for the History of Information Science project. His students adored him. His friends and colleagues called him true blue and all of us will miss this one of a kind “Gentleman Scholar.”

The details of any memorial service plans have not yet been released by the family, but we will post them as soon as we know.

Dr. S.K. Hastings, and Dr. R. David Lankes