Dr Henry and Mrs Marilyn Williams (USA) – Class of 1970

Henry and Marilyn Williams, SUISS alumni from the class of 1970

Henry and Marilyn Williams – Class of 1970

Henry “Phil” Williams from Michigan came to SUISS to study the Industrial Revolution, while Miss Marilyn Davis from Alabama arrived at SUISS to study the philosophy of David Hume.

They took their meals at Darroch Halls, and played croquet in the quadrangle in the evenings. They were married one year later.

In May, they returned to Edinburgh for the first time since their courtship, and stopped by the SUISS office to tell us a bit about themselves…

Dr. Williams, “Phil” received degrees and diplomas from Culver Military Academy, the University of Virginia, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the University of Florence, Italy, and two Masters and a Doctorate in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a joint Tufts and Harvard Program.

He has lived in four foreign countries and has studied and worked professionally in four foreign languages: French, Greek, Italian and Turkish.

Formerly a Wall St. and International Investment Banker, he is currently a licensed Realtor, operates a small consulting business, and lectures on a variety of topics, including American History, Turkey and the Middle East.  He has been on NPR a number of times related to a number of his interests, has written newspaper articles, and published scholarly articles on Ottoman and Turkish Law.

Phil is on the National Board of the English-Speaking Union. He is also a member of a number of lineage societies, the youngest being the Sons of the American Revolution, the Virginia State Society of which he is the current President, and the oldest, the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne.

He is an avid sportsman with keen interests in equestrian pursuits, racquet sports and swimming.  He also inherited a love of Antique and Classic cars and has been active in his local car club for many years.

Marilyn Williams is his wife and they have two grown children, Margaret (29) and Phillip (27).