Robert C. Williams, co-founder of James River Corporation and paper industry leader, passed away on October 25, 2016 at the age of 86. Williams was a visionary in the pulp and paper sector who also held a deep desire to preserve the history and importance of papermaking for future generations.
Williams served as Chairman and President and CEO of the James River Corporation, retiring in 1996. Upon his retirement, the Board of Directors funded an endowment to support the Museum of Papermaking, which now bears his name.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1930, Bob Williams graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1953 and received his MBA from Xavier University in 1957. In 1955-56, he was a student at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Williams is survived by his wife, Barbara D. Williams, son Robert C. Williams III, and daughter Donnie Walker.
The Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking expresses sincere condolences to the family during this time.