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Lake Erie College Nationally Recognized Alumnus to Present Forensic Anthropology

[September 1, 2010] Lake Erie College is pleased to welcome back fellow alumnus and forensic science expert, John Williams. Williams will present Forensic Anthropology – The Real Bones.

The lecture will take place in the COE Conference Room in the Arthur S. Holden Center on the Lake Erie College Campus (391 W. Washington Street, Painesville) September 30 at noon. The event is free and open to the public.

After the September 11, 2001 tragedy, Williams spent about two weeks sorting through debris from Ground Zero – the site of the destroyed twin towers. He has also developed a procedure to aid cemeteries in moving unvaulted graves.In 1995, Williams became one of 60 certified forensic anthropologists in the United States by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Two years later, he was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a member of Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT).

As a member of DMORT, Williams participated in mortuary operations at two air crashes and the World Trade Center terrorist attack. In addition, he has provided three decades of consultation and contributed his expertise to law enforcement agencies across the nation.

Williams has conducted studies similar to those of William R. Maples, Ph.D., also a forensic anthropologist. Maples is the co-author of the 1994 book titled, “Dead Men Do Tell Tales” that discusses the strange and fascinating cases of a forensic anthropologist.

Williams is currently the director for both the Forensic Anthropology Program at Western Carolina University and the Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory. He works as a biological anthropologist specializing in forensic anthropology, the study of the human skeleton in legal situations. Williams received his bachelor’s degree from Lake Erie College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University.

For more information about the event, please contact the department of Public Relations at to RSVP.


Lake Erie College is an independent, liberal arts institution founded in 1856. Located in Painesville, Ohio, the College challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. Lake Erie College currently serves more than 1,300 students, offers a combined 35 majors in undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the option to design an individualized major tailored to career and academic goals. The College is an NCAA Division II member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and home to 23 intercollegiate athletic teams.


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