DENNIS "Denny" WILLIAMS

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WILLIAMS DENNIS WILLIAMS "Denny" Passed away on November 4, 2016, due to pneumonia and medical complications. He had just turned 70 years old. Denny was born in 1946 in Freeport, Illinois, to Ken and Eva Williams. He left Freeport in 1964 to attend North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. At college, he studied political science and history, and met his wife Terri. This then led to a lifetime of travel and adventure, first with the US Army in Japan, then with the US State Department in its Bureau of Diplomatic Security. As diplomats, the family lived in Japan, Jamaica, and Cairo, Egypt, along with many overseas trips. When back in the US, the family lived in the Washington DC area, which is where they call "home" today. Denny had a long career with the State Department, serving as a Regional Security Officer when overseas, and then in various positions when stateside. He ran dignitary protection operations for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, the UN General Assembly in New York, and the restoration of Ferdinand Aristide to Haiti in 1994. He has met numerous dignitaries and luminaries in these engagements, including Jimmy Carter, Prince Charles, British Foreign Minister Pym, Yassir Arafat, and Imelda Marcos, to name a few. He was the target of an assassination attempt in Cairo and was shot twice while protecting the lives of his two colleagues, for which he received the State Department's Award for Valor. In less-adventurous roles, he oversaw overseas operations for the State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and came out of retirement to deploy a worldwide network linking all 270 embassies' physical security systems into an integrated system. He then went on to oversee the re-design of the Bureau's central command center in Rosslyn, Virginia, into a state-of-the-art facility supporting all worldwide operations and giving the State Department unprecedented situational awareness into the security and protection of its personnel overseas. At the same time as this, he taught courses in security and Analytical Risk Management to students in the State Department and other agencies, as well as students at American University. For fun, he and Terri loved to travel. They explored all over the world together, with special attention to Europe and the Caribbean. On their last trip together, they traveled the Panama Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific. They also loved to SCUBA dive and sail on the Chesapeake Bay. He is survived by his mother, Eva; wife, Terri; two sons, Chris and Jeff and their families in California. A memorial service for his life and career is being held today, December 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.He is survived by his mother, Eva; wife, Terri; two sons, Chris and Jeff and their families in California. A memorial service for his life and career is being held today, December 6, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 6, 2016
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