The Death of John Chandler

To the Williams community, Williams College has lost a giant of our history. It is with a heavy heart that I write to say that John Wesley Chandler, our 12th president, who served from 1973 to 1985, passed away peacefully early this morning, just a few weeks shy of his… Continue reading »

Williams joins amicus brief defending race-conscious college admissions

President Mandel has contributed Williams’ support to an amici curiae brief, submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by thirty-three private, highly selective residential colleges. The brief argues that narrowly tailored race-conscious admissions practices remain essential to the educational benefits that result from diversity in higher education. The signers submitted… Continue reading »

The Passing of C. Ballard Pierce

Dear Williams faculty and emeriti, staff and staff retirees, I write to briefly share sad news about the death of Professor of Physics Emeritus C. Ballard Pierce, who passed away in Gainesville, Fla., on June 18, 2022. The college learned of his passing earlier this week. Ballard Pierce joined the… Continue reading »

The Passing of Ransom H. Jenks Jr.

With sadness, Williams notes the passing of retired Director of Campus Security Ransom Jenks, who passed away in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 24, 2022. In addition to his career at the college, Ransom was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served as a Williamstown Selectman. For a full tribute to… Continue reading »

The Passing of Andrea Danyluk

Williams faculty and staff, I write, with sadness, to honor the memory of Andrea Pohoreckyj Danyluk, Mary A. and William Wirt Warren Professor of Computer Science, Emerita, who passed away yesterday at the age of 59, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Andrea, who only retired from active teaching… Continue reading »

The Passing of Bill Lewis

Williams mourns the loss of retired staff member Bill Lewis, who passed away at age 83 at his Williamstown home on Monday, February 14, 2022. Bill joined Williams in 1991, as a custodian in what was then known as the Building and Grounds Department. This followed… Continue reading »

The Passing of Don Beaver

I write to share the sad news that Donald Beaver, Professor of History of Science, Emeritus, passed away last weekend. Don came to Williams in 1971 and soon after founded our Department of History of Science—“one of the college’s first interdisciplinary departments,” to quote his retirement citation. His… Continue reading »

The Passing of Bob Buckwalter

With sadness, Williams notes the passing of retired College Chaplain Bob Buckwalter on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Bob arrived at Williams as college chaplain in July 1991, after having served as pastor of the Japanese American Ethnic Church in Alameda, CA, and of Congregational churches in… Continue reading »

The Passing of Jim Hodgkins

Williams mourns the passing of retired staff member Jim Hodgkins on Monday December 27, 2021 at Crescent Manor in Bennington, VT. Jim joined the college as assistant director of food services in 1970 and retired 31 years later after a distinguished career as director of dining… Continue reading »

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