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Robert Williams

June 21, 2019 - 06:00
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Jan. 9, 1936 - May 28, 2019

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Robert “Bob” Williams, age 83, died Tuesday, May 28, in Madison at his residence. Bob was born on Jan. 9,1936, in Detroit, to Basil and Mary Williams. After graduation from high school, he attended Michigan State University, where he studied metallurgical engineering, graduating with honors. He was employed by General Motors as a research engineer during which time he was awarded seven patents, one being “Continuous Casting,” an important process which improved and continues to improve yield, quality, productivity and cost efficiency. After retiring he attended Wayne State University and received a CPA degree, subsequently teaching at the university. His next education decision was to study for a Ph.D. in industrial psychology. Following his degree work, he married his wife Patricia on June 29, 1990. In 1998 they moved to Greensboro, where he designed and built their home at Reynolds Plantation. Bob was a visionary; he could see a need and create something extraordinary from conception to completion. He used his vision in the service of others as was his nature. During his lifetime, he was an avid skier, golfer, hiker, diver and sailor, competing in yacht races on the Great Lakes.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, two step-daughters, Casandra Syme of Athens and Alicia Lewis of Greenville, S.C.; two step-grandchildren, Anthony Lewis and Alexis Syme; a brother, M. James Williams of Rochester, Mich. Bob was celebrated at a luncheon in Madison and burial was in the White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Mich.