Oral history interview with David R. Williams [Session 1, Recording 01]

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Oral history interview with David R. Williams [Session 1, Recording 01]


  • 1991-12-16 (Creation)


Audiocassette; 00:28:02

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David Rhys Williams was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1923. He attended Reed College after graduating from high school at age 16. After one year, he transferred to Stanford University, but suspended his studies when he was drafted. He served in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division in Italy during World War II, from 1944 to 1945. After his discharge, he completed his degree at Stanford and graduated in 1946. He then attended the University of Oregon Law School, earning his law degree around 1949. In 1945, he met Donna Rockwell, and they married in 1948; they later had two children. Williams became an attorney with Williams, Fredrickson, Stark & Weisensee in Portland. He died in 2004.

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Tape 1, Side 1. In the first interview session conducted on December 16, 1991, Williams discusses his family background and early life in Laurelhurst neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, including his educational background and work experiences as a carpenter. He talks about participating in sports in high school and at Reed College. He also speaks about his experiences serving in the US Army in Italy during World War II. He speaks about his marriage with Donna Rockwell and talks about his family.

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Joint copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society and the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted, http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

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