A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring the life and career of Dr.
Stephen Douglass Williams.
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A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION honoring the life and career of
Dr. Stephen Douglass Williams.
Whereas, Dr. Stephen Douglas Williams was a research
physician who became the founding director of the Indiana
University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in 1992.
On Sunday, February 15, 2009
, Dr. Williams lost his battle
with cancer, the very disease he dedicated his career to
Whereas, Dr. Williams received
the President's Medal
for Excellence, Indiana University's highest faculty honor,
the August 2008 dedication of the expanded IU Simon
During his acceptance, Dr. Williams
reflected upon his own rigorous cancer treatment and
pledged to redouble the Center's research efforts in cancer
Whereas, Patients and colleagues appreciated Dr.
Williams as an approachable, encouraging, and effective
leader. His determination to create a world-class cancer
research enterprise was bolstered by his sincere commitment
Whereas, Dr. Williams promoted the Center's science-to-solution agenda _ commonly referred to as translational research _ throughout his tenure. He often
marveled at the people who are alive because of research.
He was brilliant, but humble, and always optimistic;
Whereas, In addition to directing the IU Simon Cancer
Center, Dr. Williams served as the HH Gregg Senior Chair
in Oncology and Associate Dean of Cancer Research at the
IU School of Medicine;
Whereas, Dr. Williams was born in Shelbyville and grew
up in Bedford, the only child of newspaper publisher Robert
Williams and his wife Gladys. He was a graduate of
DePauw University and entered the Indiana University
School of Medicine in 1967. He then completed a medical
residency and internship at Indiana University before
completing his IU Medical Oncology Fellowship. In 1978,
Dr. Williams became a faculty member of the Indiana
University School of Medicine and was the first appointed
oncologist at the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans
Administration Medical Center;
Whereas, Dr. Williams earned national recognition as a
physician researcher for his role in investigating the
successful use of chemotherapy in the treatment of ovarian
and testicular germ cell tumors. He was consistently ranked
nationally among cancer care specialists in America's Top
Doctors for Cancer. During his tenure, the cancer center was
consistently ranked among the top clinical programs in the
country in U.S. News & World Report;
Whereas, Family, friends, and colleagues joined with Dr.
Williams on January 12, 2009, at a ceremony where Dr.
Williams was presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash
award from Governor Mitch Daniels, the highest honor an
Indiana governor can bestow;
Whereas, Dr. Williams authored and co-authored 158 scientific, peer-reviewed publications, 95 abstracts, and 42 textbook chapters on the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary tumors. He served in numerous leadership
roles with the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the
Gynecologic Oncology Group and on a grant review
committee of the National Cancer Institute;
Whereas, Dr. Williams' remarkable leadership came to
light during the IU Simon Cancer Center's 2008 NCI grant
renewal process. In 1994, the center's extramural research
funding totaled $16 million; today it is over $75 million. The
number of scientific members of the cancer center has
doubled; more than 220 investigators now focus on the
scientific discovery and translation of basic, clinical, and
population science into new prevention, diagnostic, and
treatment modalities. In 1994, 2,000 new patients visited the
IU Cancer Center; today, more than 3,400 new patients visit
the center each year. Moreover, a $50 million naming gift
from Melvin and Bren Simon in 2006 signified a coming of
age for the cancer program that Dr. Williams had been
charged with building and directing; and
Whereas, Dr. Williams' commitment to his professional
life was exceeded only by his devotion to his family.
Williams is survived by his wife Kathryn and their children
Thomas and Caroline. He will be greatly missed by his
family, friends, colleagues and patients: Therefore,
SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly honors the life
and career of Dr. Stephen Douglass Williams.
SECTION 2. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Kathy Smith-Andrew, Associate Director for State Relations at Indiana University, Kathryn Williams, and her two children Thomas and Caroline Williams.