Fonds - Wilfrid Laurier University Office of the President - William J. Villaume fonds

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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of the President - William J. Villaume fonds

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  • 1960-1967; 1994 (Creation)
    Villaume, William J.

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0.67 m of textual records

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William J. Villaume (1914- 1995) was the President of Waterloo Lutheran University (now Wilfrid Laurier University) from 1961 to 1967, previously serving as the Executive Director of the Department of Social Welfare for the National Council of Churches of Christ at their New York office.

Villaume was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1914. He received a MSc in Social Work and a PhD in Sociology and Social Ethics, and was ordained in 1938. Villaume also served as the Vice-Chairman of the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth, and in 1961 was awarded the Good Shepard Award by the National Council of Churches of Christ.
Following his tenure at Waterloo Lutheran, Villaume served as the President of Pierce College in Athens, Greece and later served as a pastor in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He retired in 1979 and in 1983 organized a new church in Rindge, New Hampshire. Wilfrid Laurier University presented him with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1986.

Villaume died on April 3rd, 1995 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 80.

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The fonds contains records relating to William Villaume’s tenure as the President of Waterloo Lutheran University. It includes correspondence relating to student affairs, reports on proposed campus expansions to Orillia, press releases relating to honorary degree recipients and documents regarding Waterloo Lutheran’s transition to a secular university.

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  • Shelf: Room 1-124 Shelf 18-2-3