175 Makers of History: Emory Williams

Emory Williams 32C
CEO, Sears, Roebuck, and Co.

Emory Williams

Although 100 years old, Emory Williams remains an active member of the Emory community, attending events near his winter home in south Florida.

Quite an accomplished businessman, Williams served as head of Sears, Roebuck, and Co. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1964 and became a trustee emeritus in 1981.

In 1972, he established the Emory Williams Teaching Awards, perhaps his most lasting legacy. Presented at Commencement, the awards honor faculty for fostering participation, inquiry, and creative expression in the classroom; providing a model for teaching and scholarship; and serving as mentors to students. They are Emory's highest awards for excellence in teaching.