CSUF News Service
In Memoriam — Charles F. Williams
June 29, 2015
Charles F. Williams, associate professor emeritus of teacher education, died April 29. He was 89 years old.
Williams joined the campus in 1967 as an assistant professor of science education after earning his doctorate at the University of Texas, Austin, where his dissertation was on "A New Approach for Teaching the History and Development of Scientific Concepts in Junior High School Science." Prior to joining the University, Williams was a secondary school teacher.
During his 23 years on campus, Williams was appointed to the statewide Committee to Evaluate and Suggest Revisions of the 1970 Science Framework for California Public Schools and served on the California Department of Education's Science Instructional Materials Evaluation Panel. During his CSUF tenure, he wrote two books that were used as textbooks in junior high schools.
He was a life member of the National Education Association and National Science Teachers Association, as well as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of Biology Teachers and Phi Delta Kappa. He was president of the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science, Southern California Section from 1969-1976.
When he retired in 1990, he was given a commendation by the campus chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, which he founded in 1976.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.