|Arnold Berleant, Ph.D. '62
Eric C. Williams,
J.D. '84 & B.A. '81
Tina M. Yee,
Eric Corbett Williams, J.D. '65
Eric Corbett Williams, J.D. 1965, of Chatham, N.Y., retired in December 1995 from his position as a supervisory special agent with the FBI in New York City. The former spy chaser, who is also a veteran actor, joined Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., where he played six roles in the company's three-month spring tour of Macbeth in 1996.
During the 1996 summer season at the company's home-the former Edith Wharton estate "The Mount"-he played Antonio and the Duke in Two Gentlemen of Verona and George Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He also appeared as the Archbishop of York in this summer's Henry IV, Part 1.
Last fall, Williams was the production coordinator for the company's "Festival of Shakespeare" for Massachusetts high school students; in the past two winters he also helped run the company's month-long intensive training programs. While still with the FBI, he performed extensively in regional theater in Westchester County and Greenwich, Conn.
Williams, who started working in regional and community theater as a teenager, took a hiatus from acting while at UB because of the all-encompassing demands of law school. He joined the FBI in 1965.
"Most of my career with the FBI was spent in foreign counterintelligence and international terrorism," he explains. "Because the U.N. is based in New York, and especially before the fall of the Soviet Union, my work was mostly in the spy business, making sure they [foreign spies with diplomatic cover] behaved themselves."