Ronald Edward Williams ’69

Ronald, a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force, died on February 2, 2015. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Sharon, Pennsylvania, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He studied abroad in Segovia, Spain. Ron enjoyed a long and successful career in the USAF, beginning as a Second Lieutenant and eventually graduating from the Air Force Squadron Officer’s School, Armed Forces Staff College, and Air War College. Throughout his career, he served at air bases in Taiwan, Germany, Turkey, and the United States. In 1997 renal failure forced an early retirement from the military. He subsequently received a kidney transplant which enabled him to enjoy travel throughout the world as well as many hobbies, including rebuilding and driving classic cars. In 2002 he met and married Mariela Velazquez in Buenos Aires. Their daughter, Catherine, was born in 2003. In 2007 Ronald was diagnosed with inoperable cancer that eventually metastasized throughout his body. Despite the cancer he lived an active life and above all else was devoted to his wife and daughter.