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Heifer International is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of William “Bill” Williams in Rutland, Mass. Williams, 92, donated 300 acres of Overlook Farm land to Heifer in 1983 to keep the land in agriculture and to help feed people in countries with "Living Gifts"

The donation established what today is Heifer International’s Learning Center at Overlook Farm.

Photo by Russell Powell, courtesy of Heifer International. Photo by Russell Powell, courtesy of Heifer International.

Through his generous gift, Williams left a legacy that has touched the lives of thousands of children, teens and adults who have participated in educational events at Overlook and who have been inspired to provide living gifts of livestock and training, providing an ongoing source of food, income and a meaningful life to families in need around the world.

Our thoughts and condolences are with Williams’ friends and family.


Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She and her husband raise two daughters in a house way too small for their four pets. They spend a lot of time sweeping.