Lance Williams

Lawrence, Kansas

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I count Lance among my best friends, both in the sense of being dear to me and in the sense that he was one of the best humans I have ever known, in every way that counts. Brilliant intellectually, morally upright, a true gentleman, kind and thoughtful, modest, creative, generous and humorous, talented, a paragon in so many ways. As I have said elsewhere, I have loved and admired Lance for most of my life and would gladly have traded my life for his. The world would be better for that...

A beautiful man,with a beautiful wife and two fine sons.

Beautifully written and balm for knew he was a genius, still have deep heartaches for a brother, brother-in-law, sitting around a fire in Lawrence.

Dear Sean and Family, I've been out of town and just read your brother's obituary. I am deeply saddened for your loss! As we age, our siblings usually become our best friends, and I'm sure you and Lance were as well. I see a great resemblance to you from Lance's photo.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, my friend!
With Sincere Sympathy, Jan Brighton

1967 Lawrence High newspaper staff. I am standing next to Lance at right. Rick Mitchell is in front of us.

Lance was one of my oldest and dearest friends, from the early 1960s up until his passing. I saw up-close his brilliant mind and knew that he was destined for greatness. I was not surprised when he won an Academy Award for his pioneering work in computer graphics. In school I used to sit at the desk next to him as his Rapidograph pen doodled designs of intricate precision, pointillism, and imagination. I still have a lot of his original artwork, letters, notes, postcards, and photos. We...

For the sweetest, wisest soul of all my days and lands...and this for his dear sake;
Lilac and star and bird, twined with the chant of my soul,
There in the fragrant pines, and the cedars dusk and dim.
--Walt Whitman


Lance's Obituary

It is with profound sadness that we share in the loss of Lance Joseph Williams PhD, who passed away on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 at the age of 67. Lance was born and bred in the heart of Lawrence, Kansas. Lance was a giant in the field of computer graphics and a gentle giant in life. Professionally...

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