WILLIAMS, H. Newell April 2, 1920- September 9, 2013 H. Newell Williams passed away peacefully at Royal Oaks Manor, Bradbury, CA September 9, 2013. Born in Philadelphia April 2, 1920, Newell served as a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Coast Guard during World War II in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Muir ultimately serving from January, 1942 until May, 1946. Upon his discharge from military service, Newell completed his education at Temple University and obtained his law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1950. Following law school, he served as a Special Agent for the FBI, in 1955 receiving a special commendation from J. Edgar Hoover for his apprehension of one of the FBI's most wanted. In 1958, he joined the Atlantic Refining Company (later Atlantic Richfield) in Philadelphia and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an attorney with ARCO in Philadelphia, New York City and Los Angeles, retiring in 1985. He was admitted to practice in California, New York State and Pennsylvania.
He and his wife Mary were long-time residents of San Marino and Pasadena, California and Newell was active in the California Society of the Sons of the Revolution, serving on its Board of Directors and as President in 2001. He was also a long-time member of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution and of the Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, a society dedicated to preserving the memory of those ancestors who came to Pennsylvania in the fleet of William Penn to establish a new society based on religious freedom. Despite his many years in California, he never lost his love for the beauty and simplicity of Ocean City, New Jersey, a summer tradition begun by his father, Harold Williams, and passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a quiet man of integrity who was a loving husband and father who valued the simple pleasures of life. Predeceased by his daughter Susan, he is survived by his wife, Mary, his sons Newell and Drew (wife Marley), his grandchildren, Kristen Mills, Christopher Mills, Andrew Williams and Courtney Williams and his great grandson, Jakob. Newell will be interred at Westminster Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. No date has yet been set for the service. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 15, 2013