DR. T. W. WILLIAMS
A friend of Tom’s observed that Tom was a person you could visit with during an elevator ride or in some other brief encounter and you might remember Tom for the rest of our life. And, having met you, Tom might remember you for the rest of your life.
Tom made friends wherever he went. A photographer, he would show his photographs on his phone of polar bears from Churchill or pictures of wolves, bears, birds or martins from Alberta. Friends and acquaintances would be captivated not only by the beautiful animals but by his ability to make beautiful photographs of those animals.
Tom passed away February 22, 2022. He was survived by his children Megan R. Williams, Dr. David T. Williams, Raimond Honig, Jonathan P. Davis, his beloved granddaughters London Reese Davis, Holland Faith Davis and his wife of 37 years, Candace Merrill-Williams.
Tom worked as an adjunct professor in Computer Science at the University of Calgary and the University of Colorado after working for more than 30 years with IBM and thirteen years with Synopsis, Inc. of Cupertino, California, as Director, Chief Scientist and Synopsis Fellow.
In his view his achievements after his career were Canadian citizenship in 2015.
And, in 2018 he received the Phil Kaufman Award, the “Nobel Prize” for Computer Science for revolutionizing design for testing digital circuits and enhancing circuit testability leading to products with higher quality, more value and lower testing costs facilitating more products using safe computer chips.
Tom is missed by everyone who knew him, family, friends and causal acquaintances on elevators. If you want to view his photography you may visit smugmug.com and search for T.W. Williams. You may view them for no charge.