PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON 11 3(1): I 12. 2000. Austin Beatty Williams (17 October 1919-27 October 1999). Biographical summary Rafael Lemaitre and Bruce B. Collette (RL) Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0163, U.S.A.; (BBC) Bruce B. Collette, National Marine Fisheries Service Systematics Laboratory, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0153, U.S.A. Abstract. — The professional career and aspects of the life of Austin Beatty Williams (17 October 1919-27 October 1999), Systematic Zoologist for the Systematics Laboratory of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries, are summarized. Included is a bibliography with the 118 papers published by Williams, and a list of all the new names he proposed along with the holotype repository and catalogue number of species and subspecies. Austin B. Williams (Fig. 1) was System-atic Zoologist at the Systematics Laborato-ry, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), based at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. After a valiant fight with cancer, Austin passed away at his home in Falls Church, Virginia. Shortly after his death, the Council of the Biological Society of Washington unanimously voted to dedi-cate this issue, the first of the new millen-ium, to his memory. This dedication is most fitting as Austin generously served the So-ciety in many capacities during the last quarter of the 20th century, and gave luster to the Proceedings by using it to publish many of his important papers. He served the Society as a Editor of the Proceedings (1974-1977), Vice-president (1983-1986), President (1986-1988), Past-President (1989-1999), Custodian of Publications (1989-1995), and contributed significantly to its financial soundness as a member of the Finance Committee (1995-1999). He was editor of Bulletin No. 3: "Symposium on the Composition and Evolution of Crus-taceans in the Cold and Temperate Waters of the World Oceans" (1979), based on the results of a U.S.-U.S.S.R. Cooperative Pro-gram. He also provided the summary chap-ter for Bulletin No. 6: "The hydrothermal vents of the eastern Pacific: An overview" (Williams 1985b). Austin had a distinguished career span-ning five decades during which he pub-lished 118 papers (see bibliography). Born in Plattsburg, Missouri in 1919, he was the first child of Oliver Perry Williams and Lucy Sell; his siblings are brothers Hillis and Oliver. He married Jean McNicol with whom he had their only child, David (mar-ried to Anita Kyle, with two children, Lau-ren and Kyle). His family had only modest means so he had to work to support his ed-ucation, first at McPherson College (A.B. 1943), and then at the University of Kansas (Ph.D. 1951), where he studied Ozark cray-fishes. His studies on these crayfishes re-main among the key references to identify these decapods in the region. From 1951 to 1955 he was with the University of North Carolina Institute of Fisheries Research, studying the life history and ecology of penaeid shrimps. He then worked at the University of Illinois from 1956 to 1963, after which he returned to the North Caro-lina Institute of Fisheries Research to con-tinue his studies on marine and estuarine decapods. In the mid 1960s, Donald F. Squires, Chairman of the Department of In-



Austin Beatty Williams (17 October 1919-27 October 1999). Biographical Summary

R Lemaitre and B B Collette
Proceedings of The Biological Society of Washington 113: 1-12 (2000)

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