Frank Williams was one of the finest individuals I have ever met. He was a superb colleague and a wonderful friend. He had tremendous enthusiasm and passion for developing a malaria vaccine and he worked closely with many of us at the Naval Medical Research Center, donating his free time to help us with this mission. He was a courageous and fine officer, volunteering to be deployed so that others would not have to go. He was one of the bravest people I've had the honor to know and I will miss him terribly.
I will always cherish the time that we had together working at the Defense Medical Standardization Board. Being a small command, we were a tight-knit organization…and the fact that we were a tri-service unit added a unique diversity to our experience together. Frank and I both shared a strong love family and country. He found tremendous strength and support from his family that allowed him to follow his Navy career. I wish him “fair winds and following seas” in the life here after.
CDR Frank Williams was a wonderful friend and colleague spanning a friendship that started in Boston at The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation from Pharmacy School in 1984 Frank re-joined the Navy while I joined the Army. We would see each other at Pharmacy Conferences, talk on the phone, and were even stationed at Fort Detrick, MD for one of our assignments. We would always compare and share experiences and Frank was always there to offer sound advice. I have a lot of respect for Frank and I will miss him. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to his family on their loss. Until we meet again…..
Paula Doulaveris LTC (R), Medical Service Corps, US Army
CDR Williams was a joy to work with. He always had a smile on his face and made sure that everyone was ok before he left for the day. I am glad to have had the pleasure of knowing this remarkable and caring man.
As a civilian, I have never before, nor ever since, met an officer of his caliber. I meant it when I stated at his farewell from NNMC Bethesda that he is the true definition of an officer and a gentleman. For me, I had the honor to know him and work with him. In fact, his style of interacting with others remains an example by which I try to follow. I am a better person for having been in his company. He and his family remain in my thoughts and prayers.