Harold Williams

Profile Updated: August 23, 2020
Where do you live now? Silver Spring, MD USA
Married? Divorced? Widowed? Life-mated?
To whom and how long? Or are you still single and lovin'it?
Married to Barbara Sue Whitehurst since 1973
Homepage or email address: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/
Any Pets? Commander Nicholas Tesla, a large orange cat
Any kids? Tell us about them. Stephanie Rose Williams now Martinez born April 6, 1982, married William Joshua Martinez on April 29, More…2006. I now have three grandchildren Eric Tiberius, Jason Logan, and Luke Valentine all Martinez’s and We all live together in Silver Spring, Maryland in a large house.
What makes you laugh?

I am humorless, silly puns actually.

Is there a story or event from high school that never got told? Time to tell it?

Went to

Still have family around?

My sister is still in FL, but has moved to Mount Dora, FL. My parents and in-laws are all buried in Jacksonville.

What did you do right after high school?

Go to Florida State University and double major in mathematics and physics, graduated in 1973. Went to the State University of New York in Stony Brook and studied Quantum Gravity, but only got a Masters degree as the subject matter was then to difficult for me. I then went to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and got my Ph.D. In astrophysics with a dissertation on “Three Dimensional Eulerian Hydrodynamics of Star Forming regions. I then went to the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carniegie Institution of Washington for two years as a NASA post-doc and worked with Dr. Alan Boss and made his 3D hydrodynamic Star formation code second order in space and time. I then got a job I at Montgomery College, Maryland as an adjunct professor of astronomy, mathematics, and physics. After a few months I was additional made planetarium director and physical science laboratory coordinator a full time staff job. I am still doing both jobs for Montgomery College and helped form two labor unions AFSCME local 2380, that represents full time college staff and SEIU local 500 that represents adjunct contingent faculty members. I have been an officer in AFSCME and am still active in both unions. I get paid to have fun with college students and as long as I am healthy, I do not plan to retire. The college is currently building a new science and mathematics building which will have a larger more capable Universarium/Planetarium. Because of construction the planetarium is closed, but is scheduled to reopen in the fall of 2022 when I will be 73 years old.

Do you still talk to/see/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Billy Russell lives in Montgomery county and I wish I hung out with him more as he was my best friend in high school at Forrest.

What past jobs have you had and which ones have you enjoyed the most?

I enjoy my current job the most, the only thing I do not enjoy is grading by reading essay questions in ASTR101. I am soon teaching ASTR101 online again using Blackboard and Zoom. I also make instructional videos which are on YouTube working with others. I will soon be making flat planetarium video in my basement using Spitz planetarium Preview Suite software and posting them on YouTube.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Play with my three grandchildren that live with me.

Any grandkids? How many?

Mentioned previously, but three.

Travel much? Where have you been?

Travel mainly in my mind.

What is the farthest you have been from home?

Curaçao Dutch Antilles to see a solar eclipse. Went to a previous solar eclipse in Mexico.

Where is your favorite place to go?

In the woods near my house.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I am also a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring.

What are your favorite memories of Forrest High School?

Physics and Mathematics classes and going to Joe Berg seminars with William (Billy) Russell who was the valedictorian of our class.

Favorite Drink?

Water

Favorite music? What is the last CD or download you purchased?

We have music laser light shows in the planetarium.

Famous or interesting people you have met?

P.A.M. Dirac at FSU
Chen Ning Yang at SUNY at Stony Brook
Eugene Wigner at LSU

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