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Kenneth Owen Williams


1925 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth Owen Williams Obituary
May 23, 1925 - February 9, 2017 Preceded in death by his parents, Lydia and Thomas, two brothers, Thomas and Jack, his wife Sarah Jane (Sally) Barber Williams, and a daughter, Lisa Ann Marie Williams. Survived by a brother, Alfred (Josephine), two sons, Eric (Susan) and James (Melissa), two granddaughters, Margaret and Emily, and many beloved step-granddaughters, nieces, nephews and cousins. Born in Wales, Kenneth grew up in New York during the Great Depression. He served in the Navy from 1943-1946 as a corpsman in the Sea Bees in the South Pacific. After the war he graduated from the University of Vermont in 1950 with a B.A. and in 1954 with an M.D. He did his internship at Buffalo General Hospital and residencies at Buffalo Children's Hospital and Cornell Hospital in New York. He was an associate professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and attending staff in the Hematology-Oncology Division of Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, which in 2005 established the Dr. Kenneth O. Williams Chair for Bone and Soft Tissue Research. He was active in the LA County Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Southwest Pediatric Society. Ken was an active member and lay leader of St. James' Episcopal Church and School on Wilshire Blvd. He helped establish and was a longtime volunteer medical director of St. John's Well Child Center which in 2009 honored him by dedicating the Dr. Kenneth Williams Community Health Center. Early in the AIDS crisis he served on a number of city and county AIDS commissions and committees. In 2001 he received the University of Vermont Medical School Alumni Association Service to Medicine and Community Award. For all of his accomplishments, he will be remembered most by his family and his many friends for his kindness, warmth and generosity. A memorial service will be held at St. James' Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to one of the following: St. James' Episcopal Church, 3903 Wilshire Blvd., LA, CA 90010 St. John's Well Child Center, 808 W. 58th St., LA, CA 90037 Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., LA, CA 90027
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 10, 2017
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