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Williamson, Maurice L., 1925-2017



  • Existence: June 21, 1925 - January 30, 2017

Biographical Information

Maurice Williamson was born and raised in Economy, Indiana on a dairy farm. As a youth he participated in 4-H and graduated from Economy High School in 1943. Following high school, Williamson served in the Navy Medical Corp until 1946.

Due to his participation in 4-H, Williamson became interested in attending Purdue. He graduated in 1950, second in his class, with a degree in Agriculture. Williamson farmed for three years, then was offered the position of Executive Secretary of the Agricultural Alumni of Purdue by David Pfendler, which he accepted and held for 37 years.

Williamson became an active leader known for the many Purdue organizations and traditions he founded and directed. These include the National Ag Alumni Association, the National Agricultural Alumni Development Association, the Ag Alumni Trust Fund, the Mauri Williamson Scholarship for Excellence, Spring Fest, Ag Alumni Fish Fry, and many others. He is the recipient of multiple citations and awards including the Frederick L. Hovde Award and the Purdue Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Williamson was named Sagamore of the Wabash by four Indiana governors.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


Maurice Williamson Obituary. Accessed July 23, 2021.