Albert W. Williams, cancer researcher

Albert W. Williams

Albert W. Williams worked in cancer research for more than 30 years.

Williams died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. He was 79.

He was born March 2, 1933 to Joseph Benjamin Williams and Alberta Freeman. He grew up in the Elmwood section of Philadelphia. He received his formal education in the Philadelphia school system, graduating from John Bartram High School in 1951.

He worked at Temple University’s Institute for Cancer Research before enlisting in the United States Army in 1953. He completed his infantry training at Camp Atterbury in Indiana in 1953. After three years of service, he left the Army in 1956 and returned to Temple University to continue his work in cancer research. He worked there for 34 years until his retirement in 1995.

On Sept. 1, 1956, he married his sweetheart Vivian L. McClarin. From this union, four children were born.

Williams loved football, politics, and music. He could be found sitting in his favorite chair listening to rhythm and blues. His favorite song was “Trouble of the World”, by Mahalia Jackson.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and five brothers.

In addition to his wife, Williams is survived by his children, Albert Jr., Regina, twins Gary and Larry; grandchildren; Chanell, Crystal, Malik and Jessica; brother; Joseph; sister, Dorothy; sisters-in-law Vera Miller and Delores McClarin; brother-in-law, Ronald McClarin and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held Feb. 23 at Yarborough and Rocke Funeral Home, 1001 N. 63rd St. Viewing will be at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is in Mt. Lawn Cemetery, 84th Street and Hook Road, Sharon Hill.

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