German scholar Ursula Williams dies at 55

Author: Erik Runyon

Ursula M. Williams, director of the Language Resource Center and concurrent associate professional specialist in the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (March 17) at her home in South Bend. She was 55.p. Williams began her career at Notre Dame in 1984 as an adjunct instructor of German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. As director of the Language Resource Center, she specialized in using technology to teach foreign languages.

Williams also served as campus coordinator for the Innsbruck Program, a member of the Arts and Letters Computing Committee, and the chair of the Faculty Work Group on Educational Technology. Most recently, she chaired the Foreign Language Learning Council. She also hosted “The World of Operetta” for WSND radio and served as a classical music announcer for both WSND and public radio station WVPE.

A graduate of SUNY-Oswego, Williams earned her master’s degree in German literature from Ohio University.

Williams is survived by three children.

A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (March 25) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame, followed by a reception at the Coleman-Morse Center. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of St. Joseph County, 111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, Ind., 46637.


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