Pasadena ISD Honors Distinguished Alumnus of the Year John Eddie Williams

Pasadena ISD Honors Distinguished Alumnus of the Year John Eddie Williams
Posted on 04/24/2015
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Each year, family, friends, local dignitaries, educators and business partners gather to honor an alumnus who has made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and career have brought credit to Pasadena ISD and the community.

This year, Thursday, April 23, the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees honored John Eddie Williams, Jr., a 1972 Pasadena High School graduate, successful attorney and managing partner at Williams Kherkher Law Firm in Houston as the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus.

A reception to honor Williams was held in the courtroom of the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career and Technical High School in Pasadena.

“By generously giving of your time and resources, you are a great example for our students,” Dr. Kirk Lewis, superintendent of schools said. “We appreciate all you do for Pasadena ISD and the community.”

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Along with his wife Sheridan, Williams is active in donating to research at MD Anderson and Memorial Hermann hospitals as well as the Houston Chronicle Goodfellows fund, a program that provides toys for underprivileged families at Christmas. They have long been loyal supporters of Baylor University, funding scholarships and supporting building projects.

Even with his high profile success, Williams has never forgotten his roots to Pasadena and is a generous supporter of the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation, helping fund classroom grants, enhancing the educational experience for countless students.

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Williams was accompanied to the event by his wife Sheridan, sister Kathy Williams-Bosworth, niece Sydney Bosworth, fellow alumni from Pasadena High School and Baylor University and many other friends.

“I truly believed that to those who much is given, much is expected,” Williams said. “It is a responsibility to give back to the community and we have been privileged to be able to do that.”

After the presentation, students from Dr. Shawn Mulligan’s criminal justice course escorted Williams and other guests through the facility for a tour to learn more about the special programs offered at the Dr. Kirk Lewis CTHS.

“Having gone through first to twelfth grades in Pasadena, I feel like I got a great education,” Williams said. “I wish I had a courtroom like the one here when I was in high school. I’m just amazed.”

A bronze commemorative plaque honoring Williams will be placed on permanent display outside the district's Administration Building.

“I thank the school district for this honor,” Williams said. “I’m humbled and so appreciative to be your distinguished alumnus this year.”

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