Myra Williams grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she was very active as a musician at the state and southwest regional level. As winner of the Hendl Youth Award, she performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as piano soloist.
She always loved both music and science, but science became her career and music her avocation. Myra received her BS in Physics and Math from Southern Methodist University and a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from Yale University. Her past positions include being Executive Director of Merck Research Laboratories, Vice President & CIO for Glaxo Inc.; Vice President & Worldwide Director of Information Resources for Glaxo and President & CEO of Molecular Applications Group, a biotechnology company.
Myra serves on the Naples Music Club Board as President as well as serving on the boards of several companies and foundations. She is a former treasurer of the Friends of the Library in Naples and a participant in the Naples Greater Leadership program. She has always had a strong commitment to education and is a past member of the Board of Education of the Princeton Regional Schools. She continues as a volunteer tutor in science and mathematics.
Myra has returned to playing the piano. She is studying with Eda Golandsky and John Bloomfield in New York City. She enjoys playing chamber music and hopes to become more involved in this area in Naples.
Myra and her husband, Van Zandt Williams, live in Naples over half the year and in Princeton, New Jersey, the remaining time. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.