Remembering Jack Williams

Pat Martucci

Jack Williams was one of the original instructors in the Electrical and Instrumentation Technology (ETEC) program here at Los Medanos College. Prior to teaching at LMC, Jack taught for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 302, where he started his electrical career in 1947. Jack was a master electrician and supervised many large construction projects including the construction of Los Medanos College in the early ‘70s.
Jack brought the hands-on experience into the classroom and taught work ethic as well as theory. If you showed a desire to learn, Jack would go beyond the classroom and hold tutoring sessions on weekends at his home. In his span of 60 plus years of teaching Jack gave thousands of students the opportunity to have a career that enhanced their life and the life of their families.
In teaching, analogies are used to clarify a point or concept; the one that describes Jack’s place in teaching is the sport of golf. There are a lot of people swinging clubs and call themselves golfers, but there is only one Arnold Palmer. Jack was an Arnold Palmer of teaching. He was a great teacher, mentor and friend. We were blessed to have him and he will be missed.