Richard Henry Williams
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Richard Henry Williams
  • April 25, 1935 - December 17, 2017
  • Fort Belvoir, Virginia

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Richard H. Williams was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 25, 1935. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. He served for two years as a Mormon missionary to the Navajo and Apache people of the American Southwest. Three years were spent in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea, New York and as commander of the induction station in New Haven, Connecticut, reaching the rank of captain.
In 1965 he entered the Foreign Service and subsequently served in Rio de Janeiro, Belem, Luanda, Palermo, Lisbon, Taipei, Athens and Hong Kong as well as in Washington, DC. He retired as a member of the Senior Foreign Service. Since then, he did various jobs for the Department of State including teaching at the Foreign Service Institute and as an adjudicator on the grievance board.
While in Luanda, Mr. Williams met Miss Viviane Guigon. They were later married in Paris. They have two children, Annabelle Numaguchi of Queenstown, New Zealand and Thibaut Williams currently with the Agency for International Development in Washington, DC. They have four grandchildren. Mr. Williams is remembered for his witty, dry humor and as a beloved storyteller.