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Robert F. Williams, M.D.

1933-2013 Dr. Robert F. Williams, a physician dedicated to the clinical care of patients with diabetes, died surrounded by loved ones at his home in Tavernier, Fla. on Sept. 26, 2013. Born in Pittsfield on April 3, 1933, he received his BS in Pharmacy at Hampden College of Pharmacy, his BS in Biology at American International College, and his MD at Georgetown Univ. School of Medicine (1960). He met his wife of 52 years, Nola E. Sundin, during his internship at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Worcester. His residency training was at Georgetown Univ. Hospital and at the Boston VA/Tufts Hospitals; early in his career he served in the US Public Health service. Dr. Williams completed training as a fellow in diabetes under the mentorship of Dr. George Cahill at the Joslin Research Laboratory/ Peter Bent Brigham Hospital; in the mid 1960s, he went on to establish, in Worcester, a medical practice limited to the care of patients of all ages with diabetes. Recognizing, early on, the importance of maintaining good blood sugar control prior to and during pregnancy through delivery, he took particular delight with the birth of each healthy infant. He volunteered his time with the Mass. Affiliate of the and the Dept. of Public Health. He was a long-term member of the Worc. Dist. and Mass. Medical Societies, and he participated on many advisory and fundraising committees. After early retirement due to heart disease, Dr. Williams continued to volunteer and advocate for innovative approaches to the education and empowerment of individuals with diabetes. Robert (Bob) Williams lived a full life, managing to maximize the function of his heart to the end. He enjoyed singing (including opera), dancing, dining, socializing with friends, some boating, and the company of his dog, Tiffany. His family affectionately recalls his making time to cook delicious dinners, sing bedtime lullabies, play harmonica, and informally philosophize despite - and perhaps complementary to - his busy medical career. Bob was fond of his many friends from the Pittsfield, Worcester, West Harwich, Mass. and Tavernier, Fla. communities. He will best be remembered for his determination and for his loving dedication to his family, friends, and patients. In addition to his wife, Nola Williams, he leaves his adult children and their spouses: Debora Williams-Herman & Gary Herman of Princeton N.J., Leslie & Kyahn Kamali of Baltimore Md.; Bradford & Rebecca Williams of Marietta Ga.; his grandchildren: Emily Herman; Astrid, Reza, and Ava Kamali; and Zachary and Joshua Williams. He also leaves his siblings Elizabeth Harrington, Jody Beaulieu and Jim Williams of Pittsfield and Lanesboro Mass.; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Emily Evelyn (Breault) Crandall and Francis Stanton Williams, his beloved uncle and aunt James and Madeline (Breault) Hughes with whom he lived during his undergraduate studies, and his brothers John, Richard, and Paul Williams. A funeral mass will be held in Tavernier, Fla. at St Justin Martyr Church on Fri, Nov 22 at 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Int (JDRF).
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 13, 2013
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