Karl D. Williams

February 19, 1947 - April 16, 2012
Karl D. Williams


Karl David Williams, 65, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, April 16, 2012 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Karl was born in Pittsburg, PA, on February 19, 1947, son of the late Joseph Williams and Alice Nordquist Williams.

Karl was an only child, he graduated from South Hills High School in 1965, received his B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science and M.A. in International Finance from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, Karl’s passion was work; traveling worldwide for the majority of his life developing and instructing training courses for the Six Sigma. He enjoyed golfing, but more than anything, Karl was a dedicated father who spent his life away from work devoted to raising his two sons, Jason Ross Williams, Karl Clayton Warwick Williams, both of Wilmington, NC. A kind, loving heart is at rest, and gentle soul at peace, Karl’s heart and soul were his sons. He is also survived by Janna Goodman Williams.

Selected by President George H.W. Bush as a founding member of the Presidential Task Force on Quality and Improvement in 1990, Karl visited and consulted at over 125 companies in 22 countries. He wrote the book “Continuous Improvement and Reengineering” for the Harvard University Business School in 1994. His consulting project experience with large corporations, including Bank of America, Motorola, Reuters, Xerox, BAE Systems, Shell Oil, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Department Of Defense, Intelligence Community, Home Land Security and the Pentagon.

Certificates/Professional Memberships: Member of IEEE Computer Society, Former Malcolm Baldrige Auditor, Former SEI CMM / CMMI Trainer and Lead Appraiser, LSS Green Belt, Black Belt and Master Black Belt certified. He held a Top Secret Security Clearance.

A Celebration of Karl’s life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday April 21, 2012, at Saint Andrews On-the-Sound Church. Reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall, where the family will celebrate with friends.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington NC.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • April 25, 2012
    Micki (Miriam) Roteman says:
    To the family of Karl Williams, Karl was a brilliant student in my English class at South Hills High School. Always reliable and a deep thinker, Karl has remained in my memory for over 45 years ... part of a very special group of students I was honored to teach. Please accept my condolences in this time of sorrow. Micki (Miriam) Roteman

  • April 24, 2012
    Suzanne Pascarosa Smith says:
    I knew Karl in high school. He was a sweet person then and obviously he continued to be so. My sympathy to all who loved him. Sue Smith

  • April 20, 2012
    Richard David Williams says:
    I didn't know Karl but I wanted to extend my sympathy as a South Hills High School, June 1960 grad. and an active member of the school's alumni association.

  • April 21, 2012
    Ted and Ron says:
    To the Family of Karl D. Williams Our hearth felt condolences and sympathies to your family.

  • April 23, 2012
    Steve Alm says:
    I haven't seen Karl since college. We went to high school and college together and he patiently spent a few rounds of golf with me. All this time goes by and yet I miss him when I hear of his passing. Glad to have known you, KarlDAGEN