Forrest Roger Williams (22)

Forrest R. Williams, (22) Commander USN (Ret.), died on 12 December 2016 at his home in Carmel Valley, CA, at the age of 83. Born in Johnson County, KY, on 9 September 1933, Forrest graduated from Paintsville High School in 1952, then attended the Naval Academy, graduating with distinction with the Class of 1956. He served 26 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, serving on three ships by 1964. After serving on his last ship, he accidentally shot himself in the right leg while instructing his brother-in-law to fire an automatic pistol. Following nearly five months in a naval hospital and seven months of physical therapy, he spent one year on limited duty to demonstrate to the Navy that he could stand a 12-hour watch. He became a meteorological specialist in 1966. While in the Navy, he received master’s degrees in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1962 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He joined the faculty of NPS in June of 1974, serving as an assistant professor of meteorology until his retirement in June of 1982. He remained a member of the faculty until retiring from teaching in June of 1998. His 24 years at NPS included teaching meteorological analysis, thermodynamics, tropical and mid-latitude analysis and forecasting laboratories, as well as computer and satellite interpretation techniques to many officers who would forecast and command units of the Naval Meteorology Oceanography Command. He authored study guides on introductory meteorology, and co-authored study guides on meteorological thermodynamics. Collaborating with Dr. Robert Renard, Forrest was the principal author of Forecasters Handbooks. He was a member of the USNA Alumni Association and the American Meteorological Society. Forrest was always in demand for his great piano playing at various Navy functions and especially at Sanctuary Bible Church where he was a member for 40 years. As well as contributing to the music ministry, he also served as a deacon and an elder. Forrest is survived by his wife of 60 years, Madge Gambill Williams. He always said it was great being on Madge’s team and he lovingly referred to her as, “my Magic Madge.” Forrest and Madge have one daughter, Nina Ann Williams, whose artistic ability always made her father proud. A memorial service was held at Sanctuary Bible Church. A future burial will follow in the Gambill Cemetery in Thelma, KY.