SERVSIG Community mourns the passing of Jerome Williams, a distinguished marketing professor.

Dr. Williams was one of the co-authors of the first TSR article and has written many service-related articles over the years. He has been a champion of equity and inclusion. He has been recently selected as an AMA Fellow. 

please read the Obituaries by Sengun Yeniyurt (repost from AMA)

It is with great sadness that we in the Marketing Department at the Rutgers Business School announce that Jerome D. Williams, Distinguished Professor and Prudential Chair in Business, has passed away unexpectedly. Professor Williams was formerly the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the Rutgers University–Newark. He had previously held chaired positions at the University of Texas at Austin and at Howard University, where he was also Director of the Center for Marketplace Diversity, and he was also a member of the Penn State University faculty for fourteen years.

Professor Williams served in many leadership positions at the American Marketing Association. He was serving as an associate editor of The Journal of Public Policy and Marketing at the time of his death. He was also instrumental in the success of the Ph.D. Project, which he helped to start in 1993. In 2014, he was named to the Ph.D. Project Hall of Fame. Professor Williams often pointed to his upbringing in a segregated Pennsylvania community as having inspired him to dedicate his career to the championship of equity and inclusion, and many lives were touched by both his academic work and his activism. In addition to his years of service, the impact of his research on multicultural marketing and marketplace discrimination led to his recent selection as an AMA fellow, into which Professor Williams was meant to be inducted formally during the AMA Winter Academic Conference on Feb. 19. We offer our deepest condolences to Professor Williams’s family as well as to his many friends and colleagues.

Rest in Peace Jerome.

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