Jack Williams, former sports information director at the University of North Carolina, passed away May 28 in Wilmington.
Williams served as the Tar Heels’ SID from 1966 to 1975. He came to Chapel Hill after working at various newspapers in the state and Atlanta.
Williams, a native of Durham, was a 1952 Carolina graduate. During his newspaper career he was sports editor of The Raleigh Times, The Durham Morning Herald and The Chapel Hill Weekly. At one time he was also executive sports editor of Raleigh’s News and Observer.
He came to Chapel Hill from The Atlanta Constitution where he was working as assistant sports editor.
In his time at Carolina, Williams handled publicity work as Dean Smith turned the basketball program into as national powerhouse. He also publicized the rebuilding of the Tar Heel football program under Bill Dooley.
But, Williams also oversaw publicity work for all the school’s athletic teams.
He left Carolina in 1975 and served as press secretary for Edward M. O’Herron in his campaign for governor. After the Democratic Party primary in August 1976, Williams returned to the newspaper business.
When Dooley took the dual position of athletic director and football coach at Virginia Tech in 1978, he hired Williams as the Hokies' SID. After leaving Virginia Tech, Williams worked as a consultant in the athletic department at Georgia Tech.
Williams is survived by sons Eddie and Brad, daughter Kathy, former wife Bette Williams, seven grandchildren and brother Rick Williams.