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Carl W. Williams Passed Away
Co-inventor of the Dimension 150 Process

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: The Williams Family Date: 02.04.2014
Carl Winston Williams passed away peacefully in Laguna Hills, California on March 22, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer.

Born March 9, 1927, to Donald C. Williams and Thelma K. Williams (Hawk), he grew up in Elgin, Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University. He married Sally L. Williams (King) in 1954. After earning his Masters Degree in Education, he was an instructor in the Audio-Visual Communication Department at the University of California Los Angeles. It was at UCLA that he and fellow faculty member, Dr. Richard Vetter, invented a wide-screen photographic and presentation system called Dimension-150. Introduced in 1966, the system was soon being installed in movie theaters around the world and for a time, the D-150 process was one of Cinerama's chief rivals. His screen credits as photographic consultant include the 1966 Dino de Laurentiis production "The Bible", and the 1969 award-winning production "Patton". Both were photographed in the 70mm D-150 process.

Although D-150 folded in 1970, Carl remained in the movie business working for companies supplying theater equipment. At one time, he even owned and had interest in movie theaters in California. In 1986, he founded Cinema Equipment Sales of California and within a decade, brought his daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Michael, into the company. His family business has provided sales and service, including architectural and technical consulting and planning to theaters worldwide. Carl was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and a prior member of the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society; The S.M.P.T.E. and the International Theatre Equipment Association.
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A former geography major, Carl enjoyed travel and for many years could be found every Sunday volunteering at the Travelers Aid booth in the international terminal at LAX to help visitors in need of assistance. He always appreciated a good restaurant and took delight in visiting the San Diego Wild Animal Park. However, it was his love of movies, passion for his business, and positive outlook that kept him coming to work everyday until only shortly before his death at 87. He was a true gentleman who did not drink or smoke and who was only ever once heard to even threaten to use profanity (much to the amusement of his co-workers.) He was a good, decent man and businessman and a loving, sweet father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed, never forgotten and forever loved.

He is survived by his daughters Paula Smith of Laguna Hills, CA, married to Michael; Tracey Pine of New Hartford, NY, married to Gordon and by two grandchildren, Jason Smith and Katherine Pine.

A private memorial has been held. The family would like to thank York Retirement Homes of Laguna Hills for the special care and compassion Carl and his family received during the last few weeks of his life.

For those who wish, please consider making donations to organizations that were dear to Carl: Travelers Aid International and San Diego Wild Animal Park.
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