In Memoriam

The Passing of Gloria Rowland

To the Williams community, I write to report the sad news that retired staff member Gloria Rowland, who served as the front desk receptionist in the Admission Office for 18 years, passed away on September 3. Gloria began at Williams in 1971 and worked in Mather House until her retirement… Continue reading »

The Passing of Nicole Desrosiers

To the Williams community, It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Nicole Desrosiers, who taught at the college for more than four decades, passed away on August 31. Born on June 6, 1941, to German Jewish parents who had emigrated to Le Puy, France, Nicole… Continue reading »

The Passing of Professor Guilford Spencer

To the Williams community, I write today with sad news of a retired faculty member who has passed away. Guilford (Guil) L. Spencer II, Class of 1944, the Frederick Latimer Wells Professor of Mathematics, emeritus, who taught at the college for 32 years, died on July 24 at the Commons… Continue reading »

The Passing of Ralph Armstrong

To the Williams community, I am sad to share the news of the death of retiree Ralph “Sonny” Armstrong of Florida, Mass. Ralph, who served as a custodian for nearly 27 years, died July 10 at age 78. Ralph began his employment at Williams in 1975. During his time as… Continue reading »

The Passing of Roger Pedercini

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that Roger Pedercini, who began his career at Williams in 1991 and retired in 2006, has passed away. Roger died on June 8, at age 81, at Williamstown Commons. A dispatcher and… Continue reading »

The Passing of Robert Volz

To the Williams community, I write today to share sad news of a retired staff member who has passed away. Robert “Bob” Volz, longtime custodian of the Chapin Library who served from 1977 until his retirement in June 2015, died on May 30, in Chicago, Ill. He was 80. Bob served… Continue reading »

The Passing of James Wetteland

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that James Wetteland, who began his long career at Williams in 1976, has passed away. James died on April 25, at age 64, at Albany Medical Center. At Williams, James, better known as Jim or Jimmy to his friends… Continue reading »

The Passing of Richard William Cummings

To the Williams community, I write with the sad news that Richard William Cummings, who was the college’s equipment manager in the Department of Athletics for more than 30 years, has passed away. Dick died on March 10, at age 68, at his home in Pownal, Vt. Dick grew up… Continue reading »

The Passing of Leo P. “Chuck” Bissaillon

To the Williams community, I write today with sad news of another retired staff member who has passed away. Leo P. “Chuck” Bissaillon, who served as a dishwasher in Dining Services for 27 years, died on March 11, at age 73, at Hillcrest Commons in Pittsfield. A native of Adams, Mass., Leo attended schools… Continue reading »

The Passing of Professor H. Ganse “Binks” Little

To the Williams community, I write today with sad news of a retired faculty member who has passed away. H. Ganse “Binks” Little, Cluett Professor of Religion, emeritus, who taught at the college from 1963 until his retirement in 1997, died on March 14 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 85. Continue reading »

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