Walter Williams

[ Age 83 ] Retired Baltimore City Hospitals director enjoyed sailing

December 11, 2006|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Reporter

Walter Eugene Williams Sr., a retired Baltimore hospital administrator, died of Parkinson's disease Friday at the Genesis Eldercare facility in Severna Park. The Annapolis resident was 83.

He played a key role in establishing a burn center at Baltimore City Hospitals (now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center) and in the development of the Waxter Senior Center.

He was a deputy director of Baltimore City Hospitals from 1962 to 1977 and vice president at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital from 1977 until his retirement in 1995.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from the New York State Maritime Academy in 1944 and joined the merchant marine. He served as a first mate on ships during World War II, and he transported troops and supplies home from Japan and Italy at the end of the war.

He then resumed his studies, receiving a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College in 1948 and a master's degree in sanitary engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1950.

He worked for the Naugatuck Rubber Co. in Connecticut, managing plants in the Naugatuck River Valley and Beacon Falls. He left in 1958 to take over his late father's plumbing business in Brooklyn, but quickly decided he did not like the business.

The next year, he took a position as plant engineer for Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, N.J., staying until his 1962 move to Baltimore.

He married Mary Monica Stack Sater in 1972; the couple would have celebrated their 34th anniversary Dec. 9. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

He lived in several locations in Maryland, including Pasadena, where he served on the board of the North Shore Association.

He was a member of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

He was a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and the International Facility Management Association.

He enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, baseball, woodcarving and chess.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 620 Bestgate Road, Annapolis.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Walter E. Williams Jr. of New York City and Paul Williams of Columbia; two daughters, Katherine Nikolaiev of Houston and Susan Williams of Baltimore; two stepsons, William D. Sater of Loveland, Colo., and John E. Sater of Waynesboro, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Leslie Sater of Pasadena and Mary Page Sater of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

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