The Third Branch
Judge Thomas S. Williams
Hon. Thomas S. Williams
Winnebago County Circuit Court
Former Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Thomas S. Williams passed away on March 19 at the age of 80.
Williams was first elected to the Winnebago County Bench in 1974, and served until his retirement in 1998. While on the bench, he was a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council, serving as chair for a term; the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Trial Judges; and the Probate and Mental Health Benchbook Committee. He served as Chief Judge for the Fourth Judicial District from 1992-95. After his retirement, Williams continued to serve as a reserve judge for 10 years.
Williams received his B.A. in Psychology from Carleton College 1955, and attended Harvard Law School before graduating magna cum laude from UW Law School in 1958. He was the editor of the Wisconsin Law Review from 1957-58. He worked in private practice prior to his election to the bench.
According to his obituary, Williams helped establish and served as president of the Fox Valley Region Big Brothers program. He and his wife served as foster parents for 22 years. Williams was an avid bowhunter, and served as president of the Wisconsin Bowhunters Association.
Williams is survived by his wife, Valerie, and their five children.