By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Williams’ children, Natasha Butler and Harold Williams Two, were joined in a December ceremony by PCC Board Chair Deanna Palm, board member Jim Harper, PCC Interim President Sylvia Kelley and Karin Edwards, the Cascade campus president.
Kali Thorne Ladd, who holds the seat previously occupied by Williams Sr., sent comments recorded on video tape.
A plaque honoring Williams will hang outside the entrance to the basketball court in the gymnasium. He was a tireless supporter of PCC basketball and helped save the program from the budgetary ax on several occasions, Edwards said.
“This court, which we name in his honor today, is truly the court that Harold built,” said Edwards. “We owe him so much, and it’s fitting that his name is inscribed here to forever remind future generations of the vision and leadership of Mr. Harold C. Williams Sr.”
Williams was an ambassador for the college, said Palm, “helping to spread the world about the value of a PCC education and the doors that open because of it.”
He was a prime mover in gaining voter approval of a 1992 bond for the college. That funding transformed Cascade into a comprehensive community college campus. He helped on the bond vote in 2008, which expanded the campus into its current configuration. He also helped the Southeast campus achieve comprehensive status.
“My father believed that a man should have the love, respect and admiration of his family, friends and peers,” said Harold Williams Two. “He had those things, and he was an example to the whole community of what a man should be.”