The Williams’ Legacy Gift Provides a Strong Foundation

Pamela and Dr. David Williams smiling

Pamela and Dr. David Williams ’64 created a lasting gift in their wills to benefit future UMass Amherst students.

Approximately two years ago, cardiologist David B. Williams, M.D., retired after a rewarding and productive 37-year career. David graduated from the UMass Amherst pre-med program in the College of Natural Sciences in 1964 and went on to George Washington University Medical School.

After a three-year residency at the Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, he served two years in the United States Air Force.

David then began his long run working at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vallejo, Calif., beginning as a primary care physician and then transitioning into cardiology. For 25 years, he served as chief of the Department of Medicine.

His contributions to medicine, however, have continued even after his retirement. David currently volunteers his services as a cardiology consultant at La Clinica in Vallejo and he spends one night each week working with students at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

He resides in Napa with his wife, Pamela, also retired from a career in medicine as a nurse. The couple recently shared that they have made a planned gift to the UMass Amherst Chancellor's Fund for Excellence, which provides unrestricted support to meet the University's most compelling needs.

"UMass Amherst was a great foundation for going to medical school," David says. "My experience there prepared me well for the future."

The Williams' generosity will make a significant difference in the lives of students and their experiences at UMass for several generations to come.

To learn how you can create your own UMass Amherst legacy, please contact Theresa M. Curry, JD at 413-577-1418 or

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