In Memoriam

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 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 »

The Passing of Barbara Trabold Cirone

To the Williams community, It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of retiree Barbara Cirone of Williamstown and New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Barb passed away on February 21 at age 74, after a short time in hospice care. Barb attended Drury High School in North Adams… Continue reading »

The Passing of Professor Thomas McGill

To the Williams community, I write to share the sad news that Thomas McGill, Hales Professor Emeritus of Psychology, passed away on November 26 after a brief illness. Tom was born in Sharpesville, Pennsylvania, in 1930. As a young man he followed family traditions by attending Sharpesville High School and… Continue reading »

The Passing of College Bursar Mary Kate Shea ’81

To the Williams community, It is with deep sadness that I write to inform you that Mary Kate Shea ’81, our college bursar, passed away unexpectedly overnight. Mary Kate was deeply beloved by the innumerable students and families she helped over her five years in that role. She took special… Continue reading »

The Passing of Marianne Kenney

Williams faculty and staff, I write with sad news about the passing of Marianne (Huttle) Kenney, who retired in 1989 from her position as premedical secretary in the chemistry department. Marianne died on Tuesday at the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, Mass., at the age of 94. Born in North Adams… Continue reading »

The Passing of Professor John Sheahan

To the Williams community, It is my sad duty to inform you that John Sheahan, the William Brough Professor of Economics, Emeritus, passed away on Aug. 19, at the age of 93. John was born in Toledo, Ohio. The family moved several times and ultimately relocated to San Diego, where… Continue reading »

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