Dan worked to simplify and standardize Class measuring processes, getting ideas for both by traveling to Japan, South America, and Europe to attend championship regattas and picking up ideas for better ways of getting things done along the way. One of the major changes inaugurated while he was Rules Committee chairman was the elimination of the rule that mandated attaching a jib to the forestay. As his health failed in the last 6 months, Dan remained interested in the affairs of SCIRA. During the last week of his life, he spent part of one afternoon looking at and commenting on videos of Snipe regattas from “Snipe Today” that a friend showed him on a tablet in his hospital room. In his working life, Dan worked his way through Georgia Tech, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering, and ran a successful business as a manufacturers’ representative. He was an accomplished sailplane pilot, with several Diamond Awards from the US Soaring Society, and an avid “birder.” Always traveling with binoculars and a bird book at hand. Dan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan, sons Bill Hedrick of Chattanooga and Christopher Williams (wife Terri Anne) of Bremerton, WA., and grandson Thomas Stone Williams of Bremerton.
photo above: 1995 World Snipe Day photo right: Past Commodores: Jerry Thompson, Red Garfield, Buzz Levinson, Ralph Swanson, Dan Williams, Gene Tragus and Peter Fenner.
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