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The Theodore & Loretta Williams Graduate Research Award Fund for Arts Health

Purpose of Award

To support graduate student research related to arts health.


  • Graduate student from any department in the School of Health and Human Sciences who plans to conduct a research project focusing on some aspect of arts health.
  • Undergraduate student, if a special case presents itself.


This fund was established in December 2005 by Charles R. and Kathleen Williams to honor their parents, Theodore and Loretta Williams.

Theodore and Loretta Williams

Loretta Chipanis was born in Sioux City, Iowa on April 16, 1919. As a child of the depression and Dust Bowl Era, she had to work to help support her family, leaving school early and never completing the formal education she so valued.

Theodore (Ted) Williams was born in Floyd, New York on May 16, 1921. He studied French horn at the Eastman School of Music until his studies were interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the US Army. Following the war, he became a member of the US Army Field Band, finishing his military and musical career as a member of the US Marine Band. He continued to work in the private sector until his retirement in 1986.

Ted and Loretta met in 1944 and were married on April 8, 1945. They settled in Silver Spring, MD, where they raised four children and assorted pets. Loretta passed away on September 23, 2003 but the love that graced their lives for 58 years lives on in the quiet caring they shared with all who knew them. Ted passed away February 27, 2012 following a short illness. They leave as their legacy lives improved through education.

The following materials must be included with your application:

  • UNC Genie Transcript
  • Typed proposal for research project* to include:
    o Project goals
    o Methods used to achieve goals
    o Role of faculty member in project
    o Detailed budget for use of funds
  • letter of support from a departmental faculty member. This letter should be submitted electronically, but may be emailed separately.

    *Research topic must relate to some aspect of arts health.