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Robert C. Williamson, 100, of Bethlehem, passed away November 3, 2016 at Moravian Village. He was the loving husband of the late Virginia (Lorenzini) Williamson who passed away in 2015. Born in Los Angeles, CA, he was the son of the late Burt and Minnie (Kenyon) Williamson. Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII and was stationed for a period of time in Spokane, Washington. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Southern California. He was a professor of sociology at Los Angeles City College and was Professor Emeritus at Lehigh University having founded the Department of Sociology at Lehigh in 1963 and remaining there as a professor for 21 years before retiring. In conjunction with his academic and professional work, Robert wrote or co-authored 12 books in the fields of sociology and linguistics. He was an extensive traveller visiting over 95 countries including some for research projects and sabbatical programs. In addition to enjoying travel with his family and time with his many friends, Bob had a passion for opera, cinema, and foreign languages. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley and a supporter of many charitable organizations. He had a zest for life, genuine curiosity about all things, and will be missed by loving friends and family. Survivors: Bob is survived by his son Larry and wife Carol of Chatham, NJ; son Eric and wife Kathleen of Pleasantville, NY; and grandchildren Matthew, Julie, Graham and Corinne. He is survived by his sister Neva Smith of San Diego, CA and was predeceased by his brother Lloyd. Services: A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday November 10th at 11am at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St. Bethlehem, followed by a reception. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Robert's memory to Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley, 424 Center St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Published in Morning Call on Nov. 6, 2016
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