In Memoriam

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

The Death of Jay M. Pasachoff

Williams faculty, staff and students, I write, as promised, with a tribute to the late Jay M. Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor and Chair of Astronomy and Director of the Hopkins Observatory, who died from lung cancer on Sunday. In an obituary earlier this week, The New York Times paid… Continue reading »

The Death of Jay Pasachoff

Williams faculty, students and staff, I write, with sadness, to let you know that Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Director of the Hopkins Observatory and Chair of the Astronomy Department, died this morning. Jay joined Williams in 1972 and taught here for more than 50 years. He was… Continue reading »

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 »

The Death of Mike Reed ’75

To the Williams community, Yesterday we shared the news that Mike Reed ’75, former Williams trustee and vice president for strategic planning and institutional diversity, had passed away. I write now with a fuller commemoration of Mike, who did so much to transform his alma mater and our world for… 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 Robert Dalzell Jr.

Williams faculty and staff, I write, with sadness, to announce the death of Robert F. Dalzell Jr., the Frederick Rudolph ’42 Class of 1965 Professor Emeritus of American Culture. Professor Dalzell passed away late last week after a brief hospitalization. Bob earned his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. Continue reading »

The Passing of Colleen Little

Williams faculty and staff, With a heavy heart I write to share the news that Colleen Little, special assistant to the vice president for the Office of College Relations and director of principal giving strategy, passed away this morning at the age of 48. Continue reading »