Campus & Community

Former trustee Carl Williams dies at 87

Cable television innovator Carl Williams, who served as a University of Denver trustee from 1997 until 2004, has died. He was 87.

A Korean War veteran, a former Colorado state senator and the co-founder, along with cable pioneer Bill Daniels, of TelEvents, Williams is regarded as one of the cable industry’s leading lights. His oral history, recorded for the Cable Center in 1998, chronicles a life rich in adventure.

Williams, long a generous supporter of the University of Denver, is best known on campus as the namesake of the Carl Williams Tower, an elegant architectural landmark that heralds the University’s presence to anyone traveling on I-25. The tower is home to the 65-bell Williams Carillon, one of the largest carillons in the country.

Williams’ commitment to integrity led him to support a number of DU ethics initiatives, including the Carl M. Williams Business Ethics Partnership and the Institute for Enterprise Ethics at the Daniels College of Business.

For his service to the University, Williams was recognized as an Honorary Life Trustee in 2004, a status he held until his death.


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