Letters from the President
To the Williams Community, Before the academic year draws to a close, I’d like to draw attention to several of many significant developments that have occurred in recent months. Perhaps most visible is the tantalizing emergence of our new library. It’s quite dramatic. What you can’t see from the outside is how wonderful this learning
A member of the Class of 1961, Bill has been a mainstay of the biology department and the college since his return to Williams in 1967.
To the Williams Community, Congratulations are due Wendy Raymond, professor of biology, who’s been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Davidson College. She begins this summer. For more details, you can read the full announcement and press release on Davidson’s website. Wendy will bring to these exciting new responsibilities her
To the Williams Community, I am sad to report the death of John Eusden, the Nathan Jackson Professor of Christian Theology, Emeritus, who served for many years as college chaplain and was involved in the development of the Center for Environmental Studies. John was a large presence at Williams in more ways than one. While
To the Williams Community, I am saddened to report the death of Robert Suderburg, Class of 1924 Professor of Music, Emeritus. Bob was already a well known pianist, composer, teacher, and administrator before joining our music department in 1985. He had most recently served as president of the Cornish Institute in Seattle and before that
What an exciting future it will be for the university and for Ed, who brings to this position not only his extensive experience at Williams and elsewhere, but also his great passion for innovation in teaching and learning.
To the Williams Community, In thinking about this spring semester, there’s no better place to start than Claiming Williams. What a marvelous event—people from across campus engaged together with topics of such importance to us all and to the college. Every event I attended or heard about was either full or overly full. In the
To the Williams Community, I am sad to report the death of a central figure in the recent history of the Department of Economics and particularly of the Center for Development Economics—Henry Bruton, the John J. Gibson Professor of Economics, Emeritus. Henry was worldly wise, in the best sense of the term, as his teaching,
To the Williams Community, I am sad to report the death this weekend at the age of 90 of former Head Football Coach Bob Odell. A two-way star at Penn, Bob came second in the Heisman Trophy voting for 1943 and was eventually inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. After his service in
To the Williams Community, I am very sad to report the death this morning of a true stalwart of our faculty, Professor of Mathematics Ollie Beaver, who taught as recently as this semester despite advancing illness. While a small girl in her native Prague, she and her family fled the country in front of the