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Stephen G. Williams


Centurion, 1921–1938

Full Name Stephen Guion Williams

Born 26 June 1860 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Died 22 November 1938 in New York (Manhattan), New York

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York

Proposed by Edwin D. Worcester and Charles Wisner

Elected 7 May 1921 at age sixty

Century Memorial

Since those countries are commonly reputed to be the happiest which have no history, such an able, useful, and beloved citizen as Stephen Guion Williams could have had few regrets over his calm and sunlit career. He was a successful lawyer of the highest standing. Aside from his profession, his University, Columbia, was his chief interest. Such were his activity and ability as an alumnus that in 1923 he was elected an alumni trustee to serve for a period of six years. At the end of that term, in recognition of able service, the board made his election permanent. He was recognized by his associates as a valued and hard-working trustee, esteeming as too great no sacrifice that benefited Columbia. His friends remember him as a devoted Centurion who passed many quiet and interesting afternoons and evenings among his friends in the club-house. If he remained somewhat in the background of conversation, that was his nature. A nation composed of Williamses would need no history to be happy, to be intelligent, to be just.

Geoffrey Parsons
1938 Century Memorials