Eugene F. Williams, Jr. GUTHRIE- Eugene F. Williams, Jr., Chairman of the Pitchfork Ranch in Guthrie, Texas, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in his summer home in East Hampton, N.Y. Mr. Williams was 90 years old. Mr. Williams was born in St. Louis, the son of Eugene F. Williams, a prominent banker, and Marie Wight Williams. He attended Yale University, but interrupted his education to join the Army Air Corps where he trained as a fighter pilot. When the war ended, he returned to Yale, graduating in 1947. Mr. Williams began a 40-year career with St. Louis Union Trust Company in 1947 as an investment officer subsequently becoming President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, serving in the latter role until his retirement in 1988. In 1954, Eugene became treasurer of the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company and then, in 1964, was named President and CEO of the ranching interests of his family in Texas that dates back to 1883. In 2000, he became Chairman of the Board of the Pitchfork. In 2002, he was awarded the Boss of The Plains Award from the National Ranching Heritage Association. He is remembered as a dignified leader who was interested in not only the ranching operations but the well-being of all the Pitchfork Ranch personnel. Eugene served on the boards of the Olin Corporation, American Airlines, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Emerson Electric, Boatmen's Trus t Company, and the John M. Olin Foundation. He was an active supporter of United Way, the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation and St. Luke's Hospital. In addition, he endowed a chair at the Yale University School of Management to teach market economics. He was known as a civic leader in St. Louis and for his compassionate support of the arts and education. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Evelyn Neidringhaus Williams. He was the devoted father of Rebecca deKertanguy (Loic) of New York, Eugene III Williams (Jacqueline) of New York, John Williams (Lacey) of Los Angeles, Calif., Evelyn McNiff (John) of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., and Edward Williams (Lisa) of Ross, Calif. He was a loving grandfather to his 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sisters, Georgie Lewis (Henry) of Essex, Conn. and Marie von Gontard (Adalbert) of Greenwich, Conn.; nine nephews and nieces; and many friends. He was a beloved husband, father and friend and will be remembered for his warmth, compassion and humility. Memorial contributions can be made to the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Aug. 28, 2013