Charles H. Williams

Charles H. Williams

I was born on 21 January 1935 at home on the family farm (80 acres) in Ozark Township, Barry County, MO.  I am the 9th child in a family of 13 children. Two died as infants so there were 11 living siblings. The farm was part of land purchased by my Grandfather Nathaniel Green LeMaster in 1872 from the railroad. Dad, Herbert, acquired it in 1918 from my Grandmother, Nancy Jane Yocum LeMaster.

I attended Eureka Grade School 1941-1949, Aurora High School 1949-1953 and enrolled at the  College of Agriculture, University of Missouri 1953-1957.  My college studies were Dairy Husbandry (two years) then Vocational Agriculture with a BS degree in Agriculture in 1957. I also completed ROTC and was commissioned 2nd Lt USAF in 1957.

My interest in science was stimulated by courses in Agricultural Chemistry, Soil Science and Biology.

I returned to Graduate School at Mizzou in 1962 as an Agricultural Chemistry Assistant. I took a range of courses in Veterinary Physiology, Biochemistry, Hormone Chemistry, Bacteriology, Mathematics and other courses for the PhD. I graduated in 1968. Milton Feather suggested that I go to Wisconsin as a post-doc under David E Green.  I arrived at the Institute for Enzyme Research on 1 Sept 1968.

David E Green introduced me to Claude A Taylor MD who acquainted me with an anesthesia problem around Wausau, WI that caused a high temperature under anesthesia. We located a pig at the swine farm that developed a temperature of 109 F and died under anesthesia. This started my interest in Malignant Hyperthermia. I maintained a colony of MH susceptible pigs for over 20 years and used them for experimental work.