Jeffrey D. Williams
1967 - 2020
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Jeffrey D. Williams 1967 - 2020 San Diego Jeffrey D. Williams, 53, passed away from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on May 30, 2020, at Tisch Hospital at NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan in the company of his wife and daughter. Born in Fontana, California, Jeff was the son of Gary and the late Mary Donna Williams. He attended Fontana High School, California State University San Bernardino, received a BA from SDSU (Philosophy, 1992), and holds masters degrees from UCLA (Library and Information Science, 1999) and Antioch University (Leadership and Change for Healthcare, 2018) where was completing a PhD. Career highlights include work at California Lutheran University, over 10 years at the Biomedical Library at UCSD, and at the time of his death, he was department chair and director of the New York University Health Sciences Library in New York, NY. Mentoring and leadership in professional organizations were of paramount importance to him.Jeff loved the great outdoors, playing electric guitar, and most of all, spending time with his family. He is survived by wife Kathleen Williams and daughter Abigail Williams of Brooklyn, NY, father Gary (Erma) Williams, sisters Jayne (John) Stanley and Jennifer (Allen) Roseberry, nieces Michelle (Jonathan) Reardon, Allie (Timmy) Todisco, Catherine Roseberry, nephew Chris (Faith) Roseberry, great-nephews Liam and James Roseberry and great-niece Libby Reardon. A celebration of life will be held once pandemic restrictions are lifted and ashes will be scattered at sea in Hawaii. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the New York University Health Sciences Library,

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jun. 14, 2020.
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December 23, 2020
I met Jeff at UCLA. Every year we would send each other Christmas cards and as I was sealing mine to send to him, I was thinking of how much I miss him. What a shock to receive his family’s card today to find out he had passed on. I am so sorry to the Williams family and Katie and Abigail. My deepest condolences.
Nancy Choi Park
December 22, 2020
Dave and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. With much sympathy - Theresa and David Castel De Oro
Theresa Castel De Oro
June 21, 2020
Jeff joined the UC San Diego Biomedical Library when I was working there. I admired his collegiality, friendliness, dedication to his work, and service to our patrons, throughout the years we worked together. His strong love for and dedication to his family, Katie & Abby, sustained him in his work and life. He always remembered his San Diego friends and kept in touch over the years. I will forever remember my friend Jeff, his big heart and friendly smile, and send his family my sincerest condolences on his loss, a big loss for all of us. May his memories and love sustain you and ease your pain.
Amy Butros
June 19, 2020
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Dee A Miller
June 15, 2020
Jeff was my band student at Fontana Junior High and at Fontana High School. 6 years together. Jeff was in that special group of students that blossomed with every challenge put in front of him. Jeff led the FoJay drum line at SCSBOA Regional Festival that not only rated Superior but had no negative or suggestion comments on the score sheets. A perfect rating; exceptional. Words can not truly explain how sad I am for Jeff's family. God speed, young man. Make great music in that Heavenly Band.
William Gruber
June 14, 2020
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Heather Hayashi
June 14, 2020
I will always remember Jeff. He was a great friend and colleague. So many good times spent together at the start of our careers.
Lynn Lampert
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