From the Michigan State website:
Ken Williams, Professor of Political Science, passes away
Kenneth Casellas Williams, Professor of Political Science, passed away on April 25, 2016 at the age of 59.
Ken was a Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University and is beloved by many. He is survived by his wife, Marcie, and their twelve year old daughter, Katherine (Katie), both of East Lansing. He is also survived by his parents, Elijah and Julia (Flint); his brothers, Gregory (Atlanta, Georgia) and Reginald (Punta Gorda, Florida); nephews Julien (Andrea), Jarren and Kellen; niece Mariah; great-niece Jai; and many extended family members and friends. Ken was born on January 26, 1957 in Flint. He attended Bowling Green University for his undergraduate degree, University of Texas at El Paso for his Master’s Degree, and University of Texas at Austin for his PhD. He began teaching at Michigan State in 1988 and met his wife, Marcie, while in London, England in 1995. They were engaged on October 13, 1995 in Tucson, Arizona and married in East Lansing, Michigan on February 14, 2003. Ken was a mentor and professor to thousands of students during his career. He was also a creative and outstanding scholar who published many scholarly books and articles. Above all, he valued his family. His daughter, Katie, was the light of his life, and he was very proud of her.
If you wish to make a contribution for the benefit of his minor daughter, Katherine Cowley Williams, you may do so through Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.