[mla-nynj] Obituary and Memorial Information for Jeff Williams
Joseph.Nicholson at nyulangone.org
Tue Jun 16 13:30:45 UTC 2020
Dear NY/NJ Chapter Members,
You likely are all aware that our Department Chair and Director of the NYU Health Sciences Library passed away a couple weeks ago. Below is his obituary and a note from his family about honoring his memory.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jun. 14, 2020:
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, https://nyulangone.org/give/fundraise/jeffwilliams.
Support of NYU Health Sciences Library in Memory of Jeff Williams
Campaign Creator: Kathleen Williams
The highlight of Jeff's career was acting as chair and director of the NYU Health Sciences Library. Just a few months after he joined the NYUHSL in 2012 as associate director for research and education services Superstorm Sandy devastated the library. He was heavily involved in the renewal and redesign of the Sid and Ruth Lapidus Health Sciences Library reopened in 2016.
He was passionate about his work and profession and honored to work with intelligent and creative colleagues. In addition to the management of the library, he was most passionate about the transformation of medical libraries in the digital age. Through his professional associations, he provided leadership and mentorship to future leaders.
One of his tasks was regarding the budget and donations to the library so we find it most fitting to honor his life in this way.
If you feel motivated to donate any amount, no matter the size, please do. Your gift would mean so much to the many who depend on the work of the NYUHSL.
Katie and Abby Williams
Joey Nicholson, MLIS MPH CPH
Interim Chair, Department of Medical Library
Interim Director, NYU Health Sciences Library
Pronouns: he, him, his
NYU Langone Health
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
577 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10016
joseph.nicholson at nyulangone.org
PhD Candidate, Maastricht University School of Health Professions Education
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