In Memoriam

Sharing news about the passing of Williams faculty, staff, students and retirees.

The Death of Retiree Dorothy Weslowski

Williams mourns the passing of retiree Dorothy Weslowski, who worked in Dining for 35 years, from 1972 to 1996. The family invites memorial donations to Hospice of the Berkshires. Our thoughts go out to all of Dorothy’s loved ones, friends and former colleagues. Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Terrance E. Kelly

Williams mourns the death of Terrance Kelly, who passed away on May 9, 2024, at the age of 80. Terrance joined the college in November 1990 and worked in Buildings and Grounds for almost 20 years, retiring in April 2009. No service is planned. Please see the family’s obituary… Continue reading »

The Death of Tonio Palmer

Williams staff and faculty, With a heavy heart, I write to note the death of Tonio Palmer, Director of Entrepreneurship at the ’68 Center for Career Exploration, who passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness. A full commemoration of Tonio’s time at Williams will follow. In the meantime, his… Continue reading »

The Death of Professor Stephen Fix

Dear Williams colleagues, I write with the sad news that Stephen Fix, Robert G. Scott ’68 Professor of English, passed away yesterday. The funeral will be Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in North Quincy. The cemetery prayers and luncheon will follow. All… Continue reading »

In Commemoration of John Hyde ’56

To the Williams community, I write with the promised commemoration of our colleague John Hyde ’56, Brown Professor of History, Emeritus, who passed away peacefully at the age of 93 in late March. One of the most important things I can share about John, from a college perspective, is that… Continue reading »

The Death of Norman R. Petersen, Jr.

To the Williams community, I write to honor the memory of Norman R. Petersen, Jr., Washington Gladden Professor of Religion, Emeritus, who passed away on March 26 at the age of 90. Born in Chicago in 1933, Norman lived in several places as a child (when asked to name his… Continue reading »

The Death of Phyllis Cutler

To the Williams community, Williams mourns the death of College Librarian, Emerita, Phyllis Cutler, who passed away on March 5 at the age of 95. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Louis and Sadie Nanes, Phyllis earned her B.A. in biology from Harvard in 1962 and planned to… Continue reading »

The Death of Dr. Frances Lippmann

Williams mourns the passing of Dr. Frances Lippman, retired director of the college counseling center, who passed away peacefully last Thursday at age 90. Doctor Lippmann joined Williams in 1993 and retired in 2010. At the college she held the titles at various times of director of psychological counseling; psychotherapist… Continue reading »

The Death of Professor John Hyde ’56

Dear Williams colleagues, I write with still more sad news. John Hyde ’56, Brown Professor of History, Emeritus, passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Maud will send a full commemoration in the days to come. In the meantime, our thoughts go out to John’s family, friends, colleagues and… Continue reading »

The Deaths of Norman Petersen and Phyllis Cutler

Williams colleagues, I write to inform you of the deaths of two Williams emeriti: Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Religion, Emeritus, Norman R. Petersen, Jr.; and College Librarian, Emerita, Phyllis Cutler. Maud will send full commemorations for each of them in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we wanted to… Continue reading »