Jeffrey R. Williams passed peacefully Monday, May 31, 2021. He left behind a loving family, as well as a host of academic achievements as professor emeritus of strategy at Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. Born March 28, 1946, Jeffrey will be forever missed by his wife of 40 years, Rebecca (Friedel); son, Benjamin; daughter, Stephanie (Andrew) Magulick (grandchildren Matthew, William and Elizabeth), and sister, Pamela Williams, of Louisville, Ky. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Anne (Richardson) Williams. Jeffrey received his BSEE, MBA and PhD from the University of Michigan and joined the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University shortly after completing his PhD, where he has been on the faculty for 44 years. At his heart, Jeffery was an educator of the first order and cared deeply about developing thoughtful, ethical leaders. As a passionate educator in the field of business strategy, he was happiest in the classroom challenging and sharing his work. Well loved and respected, he was proud to be a three-time recipient of the Tepper School's George Leland Bach Teaching Award. During his lengthy career, he published many articles and studies related to business strategy, including a book titled "Renewable Advantage." This innovative work resulted in major consulting engagements for firms such as McKinsey, Lockheed Martin, Abbot Labs, IBM and many others. Jeffrey was a kind and gentle person who had many talents and interests, but his greatest joy was his grandchildren and spending time with his family. His deep love for nature began in his families' lakefront home in Grand Haven, Mich., where his family has vacationed over the years. He also acquired an extensive collection of model trains, building an impressive layout where he spent many happy hours with his children. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, 2021, at BURKET-TRUBY FUNERAL HOME CREMATION & ALTERNATIVE SERVICES INC. A private service for family will be held Friday, June 4. CDC rules will be observed social distancing and mask wearing. Family suggests memorial contributions to either Children's International or the National Audubon Society.
Published in Fox Chapel Herald on Jun. 10, 2021.