Paul Williams (THS 1939)

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee


Mr. Williams’ Topeka High “resume” proved his destiny: a first place in a spelling contest, followed by three years in journalism, stint as World editor, and Quill & Scroll program chairmanship plus an article on student government written for Student Life, a national magazine. After attending KU. He was a USAAF navigator in WWII with 40 missions. From 1946 to 1956, Mr. Williams was an Omaha World-Herald reporter then a Time and Newsweek correspondent, 1956-60, and finally 1960-72 editor of the Omaha Sun newspapers for which he and his reporting team earned a Pulitzer Prize investigating Boys Town. He next became an Asst. Professor of

Journalism at Ohio State University. Mr. Williams passed away after a sudden illness in October, 1976, survived by his widow and four children.