Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Homer B. Williams, Educator
Homer B. Williams was born in 1865 to John and Mary (Secrest) Williams in
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Ephraim, Ohio Ohio
and he earned graduate degrees from Baldwin-Wallace and .
He was given an honorary doctor of law by Columbia University . After
teaching in rural Bowling Green State
University Ohio schools, he served as school Superindent of schools in Caldwell,
Kenton, and .
In August, 1898, Sandusky City Schools selected Homer B. Williams as
Superintendent of Sandusky Schools. An article which appeared in the August 8,
1898 issue of the Sandusky Star
reported that Williams was considered one of the leading educators in Cambridge . His
annual salary in 1898 was $1,800. During
the annual session of the Ohio States Teachers’ Association, which met at Cedar
Point from June 27 to June 29, 1911, Ohio Mr.
Williams gave the opening address, entitled “Intellectual Habits.” The text of
his address was reprinted in Volume 60 of the Ohio Educational Monthly.
In 1912 Homer B. Williams went to
Bowling Green to become the first president of what was
then the . The school
had an enrollment of 100 when classes met in 1914. At the time of his retirement
in August of 1937, Bowling Green
had an enrollment of 1,876. Williams
Hall, on the campus of BGSU, was named in his honor in 1917. Bowling Green
Dr. Homer B. Williams died on September 22, 1943, at age 77. Funeral services were held at the auditorium of
. Dr. Williams was survived by
his wife, a daughter, and three sons. He was buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling
Green State University . An obituary for Dr. Homer B. Williams appeared
in the September 23, 1943 issue of the Sandusky
Register Star News. Bowling