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02/10/19 01:17 PM #86    


Nathaniel Carr (1964)

David Williams II, 1964 1/2 (winter grad) Mumford graduate and personal friend since grade school passed Friday, Feb 8, 2019. Article about David's success story: 

David Williams II, trailblazer and former Vanderbilt University vice chancellor and athletics director, has died. Feb. 8, 2019, 1:26 PM

David Williams II, who made an extraordinary impact on Vanderbilt, college athletics and higher education during his 18-year tenure as a university vice chancellor, died Friday, Feb. 8.

Williams, who was 71, stepped down Jan. 31, 2019, as vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director. He had returned to be a full-time tenured professor at Vanderbilt Law School.  Williams was focusing his faculty efforts on the important role sports plays in society by establishing a new Sports, Law and Society Program at the Law School.

“David Williams stood tall on this campus, in this city and in college athletics nationally as an incomparable leader, role model and dear friend to me and so many others,” said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos. “We are devastated by this loss. His impact on our community is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come. We offer our deepest condolences to Gail, his children and the entire Williams family on this immense loss.”

Williams, the first African American vice chancellor at Vanderbilt, dramatically elevated the student-athlete experience while leading Vanderbilt Athletics. He succeeded in building a program where student-athletes can achieve remarkable academic success while competing in one of the toughest athletics conferences.

“The Vanderbilt family is saddened to learn of the passing of David Williams,” said Malcolm Turner, vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director at Vanderbilt. “David authored a remarkable legacy at Vanderbilt, one defined by blazing trails and championing the student-athlete. In my short time at Vanderbilt, I was fortunate to have cultivated a friendship with David, who most proudly coveted his role as a husband and father. All of Commodore Nation mourns the loss of David, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Gail, his four children, his six grandchildren, and his great-grandson.”

Vanderbilt athletics experienced unprecedented success on and off the field during Williams’ tenure. During his 15 seasons on West End, the Commodores won four national championships – in bowling, baseball and women’s tennis. Vanderbilt also won more than 19 league titles and tournaments, including the men’s golf and women’s tennis Southeastern Conference championships and the Southland Conference Bowling Championship. The Vanderbilt football team played in six bowl games during Williams’ tenure, breaking a 26-year drought in 2008.

A hallmark of Williams’ tenure was the expansion of academic and experiential opportunities for student-athletes. Because of his leadership, the university now offers the nation’s most comprehensive summer internship program for student-athletes. In addition, the award-winning Summer Bridge program for incoming first-year athletes was introduced to provide workshops on life and study skills. Vanderbilt student-athletes have earned over a cumulative 3.0 GPA every year for the past 13 years.

Under Williams’ direction, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center underwent a major renovation and expansion designed to serve the entire Vanderbilt community. He also oversaw upgrades at Hawkins Field, Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center and McGugin Center, among other facilities.

During his tenure as athletics director, Williams brought significant attention to sports’ impact on society, underscoring Vanderbilt’s rich and often troubled history during the civil rights movement. He was instrumental in leading efforts for recognition of and reconciliation with Vanderbilt pioneers, including Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, and in educating current students, faculty and staff about the university’s past.

In January 2018, with the support of Zeppos and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente, he launched the Sports and Society Initiative to elevate awareness and understanding of the ways in which sports and society impact each other across a variety of disciplines. A hallmark of the initiative has been its 2018-2019 lecture series, “A World of Possibilities: Examining the Olympics from Diverse Angles.”

Williams joined the law faculty in 2000, when he began working in Vanderbilt administration as a vice chancellor, general counsel and secretary of the university. His areas of expertise included sports law, law and education, and tax law. In 2002, student affairs was added to his responsibilities, then athletics the following year. In 2012, he was officially given the title of vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director.

Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Williams worked in student affairs administration at The Ohio State University, where he was also a law professor. He was a member of the state bars of Tennessee, Michigan, District of Columbia and the American Bar Association, where he served on the Bar Admissions Committee.

Williams held many professional and community leadership positions through the years as a prominent representative of Vanderbilt. He had been a member of the NCAA’s General Advisory Board, its Academic Council, the Enforcement Task Force and was chair of its Infractions Appeals Committee. He served on more than 10 nonprofit boards in the Nashville community, and chaired the boards of the United Way, Nashville Public Education Foundation, and the Nashville branch of the Atlanta Federal Reserve. He also served as treasurer of the Nashville Symphony.

Williams was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, graduate of Mumford High School 1964 ½. He worked as a middle school teacher and coach in Detroit public schools 1970-80 and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Detroit Law School in 1982 and a master’s (taxation) from New York University Law School in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Gail, his four children, Erika, David III, Samantha and Nicholas; his six grandchildren, David IV, Jazmin, Triffany, Dayon, Daiaha and Zoe; and his great grandson, Desmond.


02/11/19 11:41 PM #87    

Donna Adler (Ron) (1964)

A wonderful tribute to David Williams II.  My condolences to his family and friends.  May his memory be blessed.

02/20/19 08:05 PM #88    


Norma Albright (Davis) (1965)

So sorry to hear about David Williams passing. I was looking forward to seeing him at the reunion. He told me he was coming to this one. I haven't seen him since Mumford...

06/21/19 12:25 AM #89    

Stuart Lester (1965)

Marilyn Siskind (Meyer) and I are having our wedding at the reunion. If you needed an excuse to attend, maybe this would be it.
Stuart Lester

06/21/19 11:40 AM #90    


Larry Lipsitz (Now Lipson) (1965)

Wow Stuart, that's exciting news. Do you remember me? I remember you. I will be there, first time as an out-of-towner, driving up from Boynton Beach, Florida. See you there.

06/21/19 10:49 PM #91    

Brent Paterson (1965)

Hi Stuart

Hey friend, congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

I remember you well from both Mumford and Schulze grade school.

see you at the reunion.

Brent Paterson

06/22/19 10:18 AM #92    


Herbert N. Glass (1965)

Marilyn and Stuart, How cool to have your wedding at the Reunion. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to seeing you both. Herbie




06/22/19 12:07 PM #93    

Benson Barr (1965)

Stuart and Marilyn

Congratulations!  We are looking forward to seeing you at the reunion and celebrating your wedding.


06/27/19 09:41 AM #94    

Winsome Gruss (Gibbs) (1965)

Best wishes for the forthcoming reunion. It is,unfortunately,totally impractical for me to join you much as I'd love to. A 16:1 rand to dollar exchange rate makes this impossible!
Have a blast.
Winsome Gruss (Winnie, South Africa)

06/28/19 03:00 PM #95    


Petural Mason (Shelton) (1965)

A BIG HELLO to all of my wonderful classmates 1964-1965!  Looking forward to seeing all of you at this years 55th Class Reunion!!!!

For those of you who attended CUSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL or HALEY ELEMENTARY - a reunion will be held on Friday, July 12th at Bert's Restaurant located at Eastern Market.

Please join us as we celebrate LIFE - HAPPINESS - JOY - and FRIENDSHIP'S!!!!

Hope to see all of you!

Petural 'PJ' - 1965





07/02/19 12:49 PM #96    


Gilda Morrison (Littleton) (1965)

It's almost time. See you all at the reunion. Will make it to Berts too for the Custer one too.

07/03/19 12:04 PM #97    


Petural Mason (Shelton) (1965)

Hi everyone...just to remind you, looking forward to seeing you at Bert's on Friday, July 12th - THE TIME EVERYTHING WILL GET STARTED IS 2:00PM. We will be hanging out all day! (Smiling)

So come join us as we remember the good times spent at Custer & Haley!

12/27/19 01:06 PM #98    

David Schneider (1965)

Many Mumford attendees will enjoy the new Facebook group "Detroit Jewish History".

06/05/20 06:18 PM #99    


Kenneth Bertin (1964)

Finally the page is up again.

First, Happy Birthday all my fellow Mumfordites who celebrated them so far this year. The world is changing, hopefully for the better. I know of a few who have been affected by the Covid-19, if anyone in your family has, I hope for a successful recovery.

I would encourage each of you to consider using this medium to communicate with the rest of your schoolmates, it really is set up well to manage that.

My good wishes to each of you and I will try to keep you up on the latest information about your classmates, as will Andrea, Gail and Benson.

With Warm Regards,


Kenny Bertin

06/15/20 09:04 PM #100    

William (Bill) Brodt (1964)

Thanks for keeping the website active. 

I must have averaged two or three trips from Arizona or Maryland per year to visit my parents in Detroit and Troy snce 1970. My mother passed away last fall. The family held a memorial service in November followed by internment in the beautiful veterans cemetary.  I'm not likely to return to Michigan.

In November, I has a spinal cord stroke. Somewhat rare. I'm recovering albeit slower and less than I'd hoped.

Still working for NASA, I complete 50 years of uniformed and civilian service June 30. 




02/12/21 02:48 PM #101    


Lewis Elbinger (1964)

Greetings from Mount Shasta, California.  

I wish to announce the publication of my first book entitled "Meditation for Prisoners," available from Balboa Press at this link:



06/09/21 09:22 AM #102    

David Horton (1964)


Happy B-DAY Donna.

David Horton

08/21/21 09:27 AM #103    

Saundra Moore (DeGeneste) (1965)

I'm trying to help Roswell Wolff, the nephew of T.D. Wolff, former Social Studies teacher at Mumford learn stories about his late uncle. He you had Mr. Wolff and would like to share stories please contact me by email at: or via Facebook.

Thank you,
Saundra Moore DeGeneste
Mumford Class of 1965

08/21/21 09:36 AM #104    

Saundra Moore (DeGeneste) (1965)

I'm trying to help Roswell Wolff, the nephew of T.D. Wolff, former Social Studies teacher at Mumford learn stories about his late uncle. He you had Mr. Wolff and would like to share stories please contact me by email at: or via Facebook.

Thank you,
Saundra Moore DeGeneste
Mumford Class of 1965

11/05/21 09:54 PM #105    


Carl Stoller (1965)

Good evening Classmates of 1965,

It comes with great sadness to inform you that LINDA KAHL has passed away on Sunday October 24, 2021.

I was to visit with her only hours before her husband Mike Banks called me to inform me of her sudden passing.

Linda was living in Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Ely, Nevada, a beautiful mountain city.

She is survived by her son, Nicholas and three grand-daughters.

Linda graduated from Mumford in June, 1965.

Rest in peace my love and thanks for all the memories. So :(

Carl Stoller


11/07/21 11:43 AM #106    


Jackie Lindy (Hirschhorn) (1965)

Carl, So sad to read about Linda's passing. She lived across the street from me when we attended McDowell. We spent a lot of time together in those years. 
with Janice Tilchen ( Friedman). 
I did see Linda in Chicago many years ago at Art Expo I think she was with a gallery at that time. 
May her memory be a blessing for her family. 

11/08/21 10:28 PM #107    

Rachel Dann (Malkin) (1964)

it's beatiful to read the warm memories and connections.  stay well everyone..

03/11/23 10:21 AM #108    

Elaine Friedman (Lavetter) (1964)

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09/09/23 09:15 PM #109    

Ellen Bates (Bates-Brackett) (1965)

Hi, all!

I'm looking forward to seeing folks at our reunion in 2024! 

Take care!

Ellen Bates-Brackett



04/08/24 10:45 AM #110    


Carl Stoller (1965)

Good moring, it comes with great sadness that Robert "Bobby" Alpiner has passed on April 6, 2024. Bobby was 77 years old and graduated January, 1965. May he rest in peace.

Carl Stoller

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