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Williamson memorial service set for Oct. 5

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, 2 p.m. University Chapel

A memorial service for Joseph Williamson, former dean of religious life and the chapel who died in June, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the University Chapel.

The service, led by current and former members of the chapel staff, is open to members of the University community and the public.

Williamson, a compassionate author, scholar and preacher, died of heart failure in Baltimore on June 7 after a prolonged battle against Alzheimer's disease. He was 75.

Williamson served at Princeton from 1989 to 2001. He previously was a pastor and co-pastor at the federated Presbyterian and Congregationalist Church of the Covenant in Boston and a pastor at the Plymouth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Seattle. He also was a faculty member at Boston University from 1973 to 1983.

In 2000, the Association of College and University Religious Affairs presented Williamson and two others with the organization's first lifetime achievement award. The honor recognized the long and distinguished leadership and service Williamson demonstrated in higher education. Williamson "profoundly deepened the humanity and extended the hospitality" of Princeton, the association said. He "developed a kind of collegiality with faculty and students that has led to productive synergy, great programs and worthy risks."

Memorial contributions may be made in Williamson's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

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