Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo will celebrate the life and music of Bob Williams, with a birthday memorial and reception at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, in Havens Auditorium.

Bob WilliamsBob WilliamsWilliams, a teacher, actor, and musician, was a long-time friend to the campus, and received its Distinguished Service Award in 2008. He and his wife, Pat, used their musical talents to entertain at many campus events, and donated proceeds from his first CD to IU Kokomo. They also contributed to the campus library.

"Bob and Pat always have been here to support IU, and especially the Kokomo campus," said Cathy Valcke, interim vice chancellor for public affairs and advancement. "They've been great friends to us, and Bob will be missed. He was always there when we called upon him."

Williams was born July 17, 1934, in Warsaw, and died June 24, 2013, at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington. He earned a bachelor's degree in piano from IU's Jacobs School of Music, and later earned a master's degree. He was the long-time accompanist for IU's Singing Hoosiers.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.