R. Norris Williams

Richard Norris "Dick" Williams II ( born January 29, 1891 in Geneva, Switzerland, † June 2, 1968 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) was an American tennis player.


Williams was in Switzerland, the son of the U.S. Attorney Charles Duane Williams (1860-1912) and his wife Lydia born Biddle White ( 1864-1946 ).

In April 1912 he left Europe as a passenger first class of luxury liner RMS Titanic. After the sinking of the ship Williams held six hours out in the cold water before he was rescued. His father was killed in the accident; he was slain by one of the falling down chimneys. Williams even managed to climb into a capsized boat.

The doctor on board the passenger ship RMS Carpathia, which rescued Williams, advised his legs due to the frostbite amputated - a then popular measure for serious frostbite this Article Williams, however, opposed this recommendation and convalesced completely. Even months later, he reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open and defeated the eventual winner, Maurice McLoughlin. On July 18, 1912, he met for the first time in a tournament in Boston on Karl Howell Behr, whom he had met after the sinking of the Titanic to the Carpathia.

In the years 1914 and 1916 he won the American Tennis Championships and 1925 and 1926 the double. In 1920 he won at Wimbledon in doubles and 1924 he won at the age of 34 years with Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman 37 -year-old the mixed at the Olympics. In 1957, the induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.