Williams, Joseph Leroy
- Kenneth R. Manning
Williams, Joseph Leroy (04 February 1906–01 July 1965), entomologist and medical practitioner, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, the son of Wiley Louis Williams and Lille Golden. His father, a Pullman Service employee with little formal schooling, urged the importance of a good education on his seven children—all of whom pursued college studies after high school. Joseph, the eldest, attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk. He had planned to follow his father into railroad work for a short time to earn money for college tuition, but was too young. Instead, he accepted a football scholarship to Morgan College in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1926, after a year at Morgan, he transferred to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, graduating with an A.B. in 1929. In 1934 he married Carrie Pauline Watson, an educator who became dean of women at Cheney State College. They had three children....