A longtime professor and one of the most influential scholars in Saskatchewan has passed away.
Charles “Red” Williams passed away Monday at the age of 93.
Williams, who was born in Regina, was a professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan for over 50 years.
David Christensen, a friend and colleague, reflected on his late friend.
He remembers Williams, a well known Liberal, as a man of many passions and interests, ranging from the environment to politics.
“He was an advisor to several Premiers of Saskatchewan, not all of them of the same party,” he said. “He was very influential at the federal level”
Christensen says Williams is irreplaceable and his legacy will live on in every student he taught and person he met in Saskatchewan.
“It’d be hard to know how many people he influenced,” said Christensen. “But it was a tremendous impact. Not just on students at the University of Saskatchewan, but at other universities.”
For all that Red Williams did, what I will always remember during my crazy first years as a faculty member at 5:30pm he would stand at my door and say "you have a wife and kids to get home to, so let's go" and he'd wait for me- saying no was not an option. Of course he was right. pic.twitter.com/whznDYGKz3
— Ryan Brook 🇨🇦 (@RyanKBrook) March 26, 2018
Sad news today. Political life in Sk has lost 2 great people – former Souris-Moose Mtn MP Bernie Collins + @usask Professor Emeritus Red Williams. They will be deeply missed. RIP
— Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) March 28, 2018