Patrick M Williams, 1931-2001
Founder, Faculty Member, & Friend
It is with deep regret that we share with the MSOD community the passing of Pat Williams, founder of the MSOD program. Pat passed away from heart failure on December 26th, 2001 during a cruise down the Columbia River with his wife Sue.
�He was smack-dab in the middle of the Lewis and Clark Expedition territory, so I suppose his spirit is still out there, doing what he loved to do: Exploring.� Sue Riegel Williams
As you recall your personal memories of Pat, we would like to share a bit about his legacy. Pat was an educator, change agent, commanding officer in the U.S. army, as well as a mentor and valued friend to many. He received his MBA and Ph.D. from UCLA�s Graduate School of Management in 1965. He was an organization and management consultant working principally with high technology corporate managers and focusing on team building and leadership development.
He was the founder and designer of the MSOD program, as well as a member of the program�s core faculty for over 27 years. Pat published numerous articles and most recently, Designing and Leading High Performance Organizations (2nd ed), and was passionate about leadership, power, and change.
In 1976 he completed the 2000-mile Dominguez-Escalante Bi-Centennial Horseback Expedition through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. In 1989, he completed the exploration of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada on horseback.
�Pat was a great friend, colleague, leader, and mentor to those of us on the MSOD Committee. He was brilliant, irreverent, insightful, aggravating, powerful, unbelievable, compassionate, counterdependent, full of love, and committed to changing the world. I have lost a mentor and friend; the program has lost its founder; and we all have lost a passionate advocate for change.� Chris Worley, Director, Pepperdine MSOD Program
�Bob Tannenbaum and I agreed that Pat was an enigma who embodied many contradictions within his larger-than-life self. It was a quality that assured no one left an MSOD experience unaffected by him. I treasure the many adventures I shared with him and regret they have now ended.� Gordon Brooks, MSOD Program Administrator
�Many, many alumni were touched by Pat�s unique way, and the testimonials received thus far speak to how his wisdom profoundly impacted us and how his spirit lives on in our lives. Pat, you began the MSOD long grey line and we will proudly carry it forward.�
Rachel Mickelson, on behalf of the MSOD Alumni Network�s Guiding Coalition
Pat�s daughter, Kathy Carr, planned and held a memorial at Spartan Chapel on the San Jose University campus, February 26th at 3:00 p.m., and invited MSOD alumni to attend.
For more information, contact:Kathy_Carr @ yahoo.com
There is a local memorial Saturday, March 23rd, hosted by Southern California MSOD alumni. Click here for more information.
The MSOD Alumni Network will hold a special celebration of Pat�s life as part of the 2002 MSOD Alumni Conference, October 24th-27th in Lake Tahoe, California. Please consider joining us for this special tribute.
You can also visit a memorial website at: http://www.msod.com/williams_remembrances.htm
Chris Worley, Ph.D., MSOD Program Director
Gordon Brooks, MSOD Program Administrator
Rachel Mickelson, Omega, MSOD Alumni Network