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Rachel Jones Williams '06

Alumna, mentor, friend, Rachel Jones Williams passed away in October 2013

rachel jones williamsNot only did Rachel Jones Williams acquire the necessary tools to lead a successful career at Elizabethtown College, but also she gained valuable life lessons from faculty members.

Rachel was 34-years-old when she began taking classes at E-town and, just like a traditional age student would, she seized every opportunity to make the most out of her time at the College--including living on campus. While studying History and Women and Gender Studies, she founded the Noir club and was an active member on the Intercultural Board and the Integrity Committee.

“E-town made me speak up, act up and move forward,” she said..

While she cites that many of her professors moved her, Dr. David Brown was instrumental in many of her achievements, including her internships, museum exhibit, book and admittance into a prestigious graduate school.

“I can never thank, praise or recommend him enough. Every opportunity I have earned and all of my accomplishments come from a superior education and superb training,” she said.

Rachel was an intern with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, where she earned a place in the inaugural class of Minority Interns. After Elizabethtown, she earned a master's degree in Museum Studies at the Cooperstown (N.Y.) Graduate Program for History and Museum Studies. She is director of development and special events at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Harrisburg, Pa. In addition, Rachel was offered the position of exhibit developer for the first permanent exhibition based on African-Americans to be housed in the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg.

Rachel is making a difference in the museum world, as well as the academic world, thanks in part to the devoted faculty of Elizabethtown and her own determination to achieve greatness,

“I do not know exactly what it is about ‘the E,’ but there is no other school like it,” said Rachel.

--by Jordyn Howe '14

Elizabethtown College