DR. ERNEST W. WILLIAMS, JR.
of Stamford, CT, died September 14, 2005. Born October 27, 1916 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of Ernest William and Kathryn Winterstein Williams of Stratford, CT (both deceased). He was married to Thelma Klohr, who died in 1984.
Dr. Williams attended Columbia University where he received his B.S. in 1938, his M.S. in 1939 and his Ph.D. in 1951. He embarked on a successful career, first as an economist on the National Resources Planning Board, 1940-42; WPB, 1942-44; Chief of Transportation Division, U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, 1944-45; and fiscal analyst U.S. Bureau of Budget, 1945-46. Williams then started as an educator, first as lecturer in transportation at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, 1947-52; an associate professor, 1952-58; and professor of transportation, 1954 until his retirement in 1986. While at Columbia University, he also served as Vice Dean, 1977-79. As an educator, he was also a visiting professor of management at the University of Arizona, 1972 and 1974. In addition, Williams was a consultant for ODM, 1951-60; served as director transportation study for the Department of Commerce, 1959-60; served on the Board of Directors, ACF Industries, Inc., in NY, 1960-84; member of NY-NJ Metropolitan Rapid Transit Commission, 1955-58; member of task force President's Advisory Commission Transportation Policy and Organization, 1954-55; member of task force on regulatory agencies First Hoover Commission, 1948; trustee TAA Research Fund, 1962-65; board member for visitors U.S. Army Transportation School, 1963-66. He was the recipient of the Medal for Freedom.
Williams authored several books which included: "The Regulation of Rail-Motor Rate Competition," 1958; "Freight Transportation in the Soviet Union," 1962; "The Future of American Transportation," 1971; and "Economics of Transportation and Logistics," 1974, Rev. Ed. 1981. Williams co-authored with Marvin L. Fair, "Economics of Transportation," Rev. Ed. 1959. He also co-authored with J.K. Sletmo, "Liner Conferences in the Container Age," 1981. He contributed many articles to various professional publications. His professional memberships included: Fellow American Geographical Society; member of the American Economics Association; member of the American Society Traffic and Transportation; and Academy Political Science.
Dr. Williams is survived by niece, Diane Willard of Stamford, CT and Stevensville, MD; nephew, C. Edgar Thomas and his wife, Dolores of Hoover, AL; and niece, Judy Strawser and her husband, Chuck of Stevensville, MD. He is also survived by three grand nephews, Chase Thomas, Lance Thomas and Tyler Strawser and one grand niece, Shauna Strawser. Funeral services will be next Friday at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, MD, near Washington, D.C. Arrangements are being made by Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home in Stamford, CT.
Published by The Advocate on Sep. 17, 2005.