Professor leaves literary legacy



    Carwin C. Williams was born Sept. 24, 1930 in Bend, Oregon. On April 8, 1952 he married Margaret Lundell, and they had seven children and 21 grandchildren.

    Williams was a political science professor at BYU for 30 years and helped found the Family Literacy Centers in 1994.

    He spent at least 40 to 50 hours a week in voluntary facets — seeking financial support, encouraging influential people to serve on the Family Literacy’s governing board, gathering literacy research for center workers, writing proposals, and keeping the literacy centers operating and successful.

    The 20 Family Literacy Centers serve over 750 people in the Utah Valley area as a result of William’s vision and dedication.

    Rachel McOmber, a co-founder and director of the Family Literacy Centers, said, “He was the wind that blew the sails of family literacy.”

    Williams passed away at the age of 68 on Sept. 25, 1998. At his funeral, Ed Green, a BYU colleague, gave a eulogy.

    “I know Carwin would say to all today, flowers are nice and I love to grow them like I do my garden, but please donate anything you can to the Family Literacy Centers,” Green said.

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