Harold Williams ’46, former dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and former UC regent, died July 30 at his home in Santa Ynez, California. He was 89.
When Williams was appointed dean of what was then the UCLA Graduate School of Business Administration in 1970, he was one of the first business school deans drawn from the corporate world. Previously, he had served as president of Hunt-Wesson Foods Inc. and chairman of the board of Norton Simon Inc. Williams left UCLA in 1977 to serve as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Carter administration. When he returned to Los Angeles in 1981, he was named the founding president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a position he held until his retirement in January 1998. His vision led to the creation of the Getty as an institution devoted to scholarship, conservation, education and the presentation of the visual arts, and to the building of the Getty Center as a campus for Getty programs.
Over the years, Williams served UCLA as a founding trustee of the UCLA Foundation, a member of the UCLA Anderson Board of Visitors, a life member of the UCLA Alumni Association, a Jacoby Associate and a James West Center New Founder. In 1995, he — along with Eli Broad and Daniel Belin — was a founding chair of the UCLA Arts Board of Visitors. He has been recognized on campus with the Professional Achievement Award, the Edward A. Dickson Alumnus of the Year Award and the UCLA Medal. He served on the UC Board of Regents from 1982 to 1994.