Clara Williams, 86, toxicologist for federal agencies

November 22, 2001

Clara H. Williams, a retired federal toxicologist, died of heart failure Nov. 15 at Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. She was 86 and a former resident of Parkville and Towson.

Born in Baltimore, Clara Isabel Hinton was raised on North Carey Street. She was a 1931 graduate of Western High School and earned a science degree from Goucher College in 1935, where she remained active in alumnae affairs.

She earned a master's degree and doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Rochester, where she was awarded a fellowship.

Mrs. Williams worked for the Frederick County Health Department in the 1940s and did research at Perry Point Veterans Administration Hospital in Cecil County in the 1950s and 1960s. She then moved to Suitland in the Washington suburbs and was a Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency toxicologist until she retired in 1974.

A fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, she received a gold medal for exceptional service to the EPA in 1972 and its distinguished service award in 1974. She also published scholarly papers in academic journals.

She was a Scrabble player and an avid Orioles fan.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Douglas R. Williams; two sons, Russell F. Williams of Hagerstown and Dana O. Williams of Towson; a daughter, LaFaivre L. Williamson of Kalispell, Mont.; a brother, Irving D. Hinton of Towson; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, where Mrs. Williams was a member.

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