Roberta Williams Chair of Medicine (General Practice)
ROBERTA WILLIAMS (1923 – 2004)
Roberta (Bobby) Williams was born and grew up on a dairy farm at Bowraville on the north coast of NSW. The family moved to Wollongong in the early 1940’s and she later married Marsden (Mick) Williams, founder of the Allied Group of Companies, in 1944.
Bobby was very much a woman of her time; she steadfastly supported her husband through his business activities while competently and efficiently running the home and rearing their son John. She was a private, gentle person devoted to her family and her generous spirit and sense of fun made her a treasured friend to many.
Bobby’s lifelong passion for her garden kept her closely connected to nature. She not only provided a constant supply of vegetables and spectacular flowers for her home and others, but also cared for all the creatures that inhabited her domain including her beloved cats.
While her achievements may appear domestic, she, like so many other of her era provided the solid foundations of a stable and caring community.
Her life revolved around others and she made a lasting impression on all who knew her; the donation from Allied to the Graduate School of Medicine is to pay tribute to her memory.