Emeritus Professor Paul Williams ’74 Passes

Paul Williams ‘74, PharmD, MS, emeritus professor of pharmacy practice, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at his residence in Stockton. He was 65. A memorial service was held at Zion Reformed Church on January 5, 2015.

Williams retired this year from University of the Pacific after having served as a faculty member for 31 years. He received his doctor of pharmacy from University of the Pacific in 1974 and his master of science from the University of North Carolina in 1984. He joined the Pacific faculty in 1982. During his tenure, Williams achieved a stature of excellence in his discipline and demonstrated the degree of teaching excellence that warranted him being honored twice in the balloting of Teacher of the Year; he was chosen by the Class of 1991 as Runner-Up Teacher of the Year and by the Class of 1993 as Teacher of the Year.

Williams was a highly accomplished researcher, teacher and thought leader in the area of population pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics model development, validation and application. His significant body of work has been extensively cited—including a paper cited by the Food and Drug Administration – and forms the foundation for much of the current knowledge, education and research in the area of population pharmacokinetics. He received the University Faculty Research Lecture Award in 2006. Williams was also a noted reviewer and editorial board member for journals such as The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Pharmacokinetics and has been active in professional organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. He was a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years Deborah Williams, his mother Margaret, sons Seth and Nathan, daughter-in-law, Sara, grandsons Noah, Isaiah, James and Ethan.