The Curtis Meltzer Memorial Lecture 

“A Day and A Night at South Pole Station”

D. J.  Williams, M.D.


Curtis Meltzer was a long-time and much-valued member of the Amelia Lifelong Learning Board of Directors.  He was also one of our most enthusiastic students, taking classes that ranged from Great Decisions to classic literature to photography.  His personal record for a single semester was five classes.  In addition, his personal generosity made it possible for Amelia Lifelong Learning to become an independent non-profit organization.  To honor his memory, we offer these annual lectures.

Dr. Williams is an emergency room physician at UF Health in Jacksonville.  She received her BS and MS in physics at Wake Forest University.  While she was teaching physics and astronomy at the College of Charleston, Dr. Williams met someone fresh off “the Ice.”  Her first reaction was that it was crazy to live and work in Antarctica.  A few years later in 2001, she accepted the position of Science Technician at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where she lived and worked for a year.  Following her year at South Pole Station, Dr. Williams returned to Wake Forest where she earned her M.D.  She completed her Emergency Medicine Residency in 2012.

Location:  Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, Second Story.  1430 Park Avenue at 14th Street, Fernandina Beach.

Day and Time:  Sunday, October 6, 3-5 pm

Fee:  $10.  The first 20 registrations will receive the book “Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent” by Gabrielle Walker.