A Lasting Legacy: The Doug M. Williams '85 Memorial Scholarship

The start of the Second Annual Doug Williams Memorial Race, 9/29/13

On September 29, 2013, nearly 250 runners took part in a special 5,000 meter run, the second annual Doug Williams Memorial Race. Established in honor and memory of Doug M. Williams ‘85, a graduate of Montclair State’s School of Business, the race took place for the second year in a row on the grounds of the Montclair Art Museum. The race raised funds for the Doug M. Williams ’85 Memorial Scholarship.

“We had a wonderful turnout for the Second Annual Doug Williams Memorial 5000 Meter Run, including many of Doug’s fellow runners, his friends, co-workers and his immediate family,” said David Morrow, a close friend of Doug’s who is the race co-organizer and the Scholarship Fund administrator. “Our post-race ceremonies included awards, Starbucks coffee and bagels and Magic Hat Beer, which was Doug’s favorite, he would have loved it all.”

Doug Williams was a lifelong resident of Montclair and an avid member of The Essex Running Club. He ran in several world-class marathons during his life, including Boston, Chicago, New York City, and the Marine Corps Marathon. He studied business at Montclair State University, after which he began a 25-year career at Milliman, Inc. He was tragically struck and killed in a hit-and-run accident while walking home on October 9, 2011.

His friends and fellow runners organized the memorial run as a way to honor Doug and keep his memory alive through the lasting legacy of the Doug M. Williams Memorial Scholarship. “Doug’s gentle, unassuming spirit, which was so suddenly and tragically taken from his family and friends, was the inspiration for establishing a memorial to his life, in the form of this Scholarship Fund at his alma mater,” Morrow shares. “It has become an opportunity to support a person of need to follow their own path of through the Montclair State School of Business, as Doug did, hopefully leading to future success.”

The first Williams Scholarship was awarded for this academic year to Bridget Uribe, an accounting major and the daughter of Peruvian immigrants who always reminded her of the critical importance of education.

“The Doug M. Williams Scholarship has not only given me a monetary value to continue my education, but more importantly the realization that others believe in me and recognize all the hard work I put into my education,” Bridget shares. “I am more determined than ever to work to the best of my ability for the people who believe in me.”

Bridget intends to take part in Montclair State’s new five-year Accounting BS/MA program.  She was recently selected for a tax internship at Royal DSM in Parsippany, NJ, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. An outstanding student, she was also recently nominated to be a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, awarded to students who are in the top 15% of their graduating class. Bridget is also an active member of Alpha Delta Lambda honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as a member of the Dean’s List every semester since she began her studies at Montclair State. She has volunteered as a medical assistant in a nursing home and works part-time during school.

“There are not enough words for me to explain the sincere gratitude I feel in receiving this award,” says Bridget, a Kearny resident. “The Doug M. Williams Memorial Scholarship has helped me take one step closer in reaching my goals and dreams.” She plans to specialize in the field of taxation after graduation, and her dream is to have a career in one of the Big Four accounting firms and to eventually make partner.

“Through the years Doug’s active involvement in the Essex Running Club, houses at the Jersey Shore, and ski houses in Vermont, he touched many lives and built a wide array of friends who cared for him,” Morrow says. “The establishment of an annual race in his name and the Scholarship Fund in his memory is borne of our mutual longstanding friendship and affection for him.  His subtle humor and gentle spirit is one to remember and celebrate. ” 

“This event could not have come off without the efforts of our Race Director, Dan Murphy, my fellow co-chair of the Scholarship Fund, Maureen O’Brien, our volunteers and our generous sponsors, Tierney’s Tavern, Fette Ford, Boiling Springs Bank, Starbucks Montclair, Fleet Feet Montclair, Amanti Vino Wine, North American Breweries, Wilshire Enterprises, Milliman, Inc., and Proactive Sports Therapy,” Mr. Morrow adds.

Thanks to the generosity and loyalty of Doug Williams’ family and friends, hard-working business students such as Bridget will be able to pursue their dream of a college education at Doug’s alma mater.

To make a donation to the Doug M. Williams ’85 Memorial Scholarship, please visit our secure online Giving site. For more information about the Doug M. Williams ’85 Memorial Scholarship or to establish a similar tribute scholarship in memory of a loved one or friend, please contact Anne M. Murray, Development Officer for the School of Business, at 973-655-3129 or anne.murray@montclair.edu.

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