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Claflin University to Remember Dr. Julian Williams with Memorial Service Oct. 14

Oct 17, 2011


Claflin University will hold a memorial service for the late Dr. Julian Williams on Friday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.

Williams joined the Claflin faculty in 2007 as an associate professor of mass communication in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He passed away in July.

Prior to Claflin, Williams was a professor at the University of Florida where he won a “Teacher of the Year” designation from his students in 2005. He earned a Ph.D. in mass communications with a concentration on international communications from Indiana University.

Before entering the world of academia, Williams was a highly respected television reporter and radio personality who started his career in Savannah, Ga. He was the first African-American to ever become a television anchor in that city.

Williams also worked in the media industry in Charleston and Beaufort. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Journalism Historians Association and the Editorial Board of American Journalism.

Department of Mass Communications Chair Dr. Donna Gough reflected on her time with Williams as a colleague.

“It was truly a pleasure and privilege to have Dr. Williams as a member of our faculty in the Department of Mass Communications,” said Gough. “We all miss his wisdom and expertise. The faculty and students at Claflin University were far better for having known him.”

Dr. Daniel Hembree, chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, will preside over the memorial service, which will be held at the James and Dorothy Z. Elmore Chapel on campus.

For more information on the service, please contact Gough by phone at (803) 535-5769 or by e-mail at


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