Princeton Weekly Bulletin   February 27, 2006, Vol. 95, No. 17   search   prev   next

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Center values exchange of ideas on ethical issues
Macedo’s interests mesh well with center’s emphasis

Annan, global university leaders examine higher education’s benefits to society
Professorship established in honor of Williams
Plans progress for reconstruction of Butler College dormitories
History of Reunions wear on display through July 28

Benchmarking a notable career
Board approves appointments of four new faculty members
Spotlight, briefs

Nassau notes
Calendar of events
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Professorship established in honor of Williams

Princeton NJ — Members of the class of 1965 have joined together with the family of Princeton’s former vice president for development to create the Van Zandt Williams Jr. Class of 1965 Professorship in Chemistry.

Photo of: Van Williams

Van Williams (in hat) celebrated the creation of a professorship in his name at a gathering in Florida with (from left) classmates Douglas Brady, Kenneth Jensen and John Diekman.

Williams, who majored in chemistry as a Princeton undergraduate, served as vice president for development for 22 years, managing two successful fund-raising campaigns before retiring in 2002. He remains an active University volunteer.

The effort to create the professorship was led by classmates Kenneth Jensen and John Diekman. “When my wife and I thought about making a substantial gift to Princeton, we wanted to honor someone who embodies the Princeton spirit,” explained Jensen. “Van Williams has worked tirelessly for over 35 years to raise money for his alma mater which he so dearly loves.”

Williams learned of the professorship when he arrived at what he thought was a family gathering in honor of his mother in Florida, and was amazed to find his classmates and colleagues waiting to surprise him with their announcement. That element of surprise was particularly satisfying to Diekman.

“Two years ago Van was special gifts chair for our 40th Reunion and told me to ‘back off’ whatever other fund-raising project I was working on and ‘focus on Annual Giving,’” he recalled. “I chuckled when he found out that the ‘other project’ was a gift from some classmates to honor his dedication and great love of Princeton.”