May 5, 2022
The proud mother of Vanessa Williams and Christopher Williams, Helen Tinch Williams retired after thirty-seven years in the Ossining, New York public schools as a vocal music educator and an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College School of Education in Purchase New York.
Mrs. Williams is a graduate of Suny Fredonia with a B.S. in Music Education, a Master’s Degree from Manhattanville College. Purchase N.Y. and additional studies at New York University.
Mrs. Williams is a charter member of The Links Incorporated Greater Hudson Valley Chapter, African American Advisory Board of Historic Hudson Valley, Hope’s Door Advisory Board, American Women of African Heritage and former consultant to Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers.
Further, Mrs. Williams is recognized for her commitment as a mentor for college students, care taker for seniors, an advocate for a Bedford Women’s Correction Facility inmate and initiating the Dr Richard Sheil Memorial Music Scholarship fund at SUNY Fredonia.
Among awards received are the 2001 March of Dimes Mother of The Year, 2006 Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow, 2010 SUNY Fredonia Jessie Hillman Award for Excellence in Education, 2011 The Dorothy Height Distinguished Black Family Award from the National Council of Negro Women and 2012 Dress for Success Toast to our Mothers.
In 2017, Fredonia University honored Mrs. Williams with the Alumni Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award and established The Helen Tinch Williams Scholarship, which benefits the university’s Richard Sheil Memorial Music Scholarship Fund.
A memoir co-authored with her daughter Vanessa, a New York Times bestseller book titled You Have No Idea, is a candid story of a Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother a,nd How They Survived Pageants, Love, Loss (and Each Other).
Mrs. Williams and her late husband Milton A. Williams, Jr. are the parents of two children and have four grandchildren.
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