Retired Oakland Tribune photographer Roy H. Williams, a member of the photo team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake, died Wednesday of heart attack. He was 73.
In 1950 at the age of 19, Williams was the youngest photographer ever hired by the Tribune. Over the next 40 years he won numerous awards.
One of his photos, showing a bystander rescuing a woman from the collapsed Cypress Structure, was among those cited when the Tribune photo staff won the Pulitzer. Among other awards, Williams won a major San Francisco Press Club award years earlier for his photo taken at burial services in Oakland after the Jonestown massacre in 1979.
Williams was co-founder of the Northern California Chapter of the International Ford Retractable Club. He bought his first Ford Skyliner retractable, a 1957 model, for $150 in 1968.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Hannah of Haward; daughters, Patti Williams and Colleen Torrez; and two grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend the memorial service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 166 West Harder Road, Hayward.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers a donation to Families In Need, c/o, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Hayward, 94544.
Condolence cards can be send to:
1337 Mcbride Lane
Hayward CA 94544