In Memoriam

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

The Death of Steve Galli

With sadness, the college announces the passing of former Campus Safety Officer Steve Galli. Steve passed away on Friday, November 17, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 61 years old. A graduate of Drury High School and North Adams State College, Steve proudly served… Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Flora Fressola

With sadness, Williams announces the death of retiree Flora Fressola on November 2 at age 97. Flora worked in Dining Services from 1966 until her early retirement in 1988. Please visit the family’s obituary to add to her Book of Memories. Continue reading »

The Death of William “Bill” Darrow

I write, with sadness, to honor the memory of William “Bill” Darrow, the Cluett Professor of Religion, Emeritus, who passed away on October 1. Bill earned his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. in religion from Harvard University. Before coming to Williams in 1981, he taught… Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Marion Wilkin

With sadness, the college announces the passing of retiree Marion Wilkin. Marion passed away on Friday, September 29, 2023, at Williamstown Commons, at the age of 95.  A North Adams native, who graduated from Drury High School in 1946 and attended Bryant University for one year,… Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Betty Belding

With sadness, the college announces the passing of Betty Belding on Sept. 16, 2023, at the age of 90. Betty retired from Williams in 2004 after 22 years in dining services and in the mailroom, where she served as post office supervisor. Betty was born in North Adams, Mass., and… Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Marjorie Williams

The college mourns the passing of Marjorie Williams, who worked as a secretary in the admission office for 28 years before her retirement in 2001. She died on Sept. 16, 2023, at the age of 82. Born in North Adams, Marjorie attended schools in Williamstown and lived in… Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Frances Lapidus

With sadness, Williams mourns the death of Frances (Fran) Lapidus, who joined Williams in 1988 and retired as Associate Director of Admissions in 2013. Fran was a well-known and -respected, engaged member of our community. In addition to her work for Williams she served as chair and longtime member of… Continue reading »

In Commemoration of Alex Willingham

[Editor’s note: This notice was corrected on 9/19/23 to reflect the fact that Adolph Reed, Jr., was not an alumnus of Southern University, as stated in the original version.] Williams faculty and staff, I write, as promised, in commemoration of our late colleague Alex Wesley Willingham, Professor of Political Science,… Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Pat Peck

Dear Williams faculty, staff and retirees, I write to share the sad news that retired staff member Pat Peck was killed in an accident outside the Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday night. The only details we have are taken from the Berkshire Eagle’s coverage of the accident. You may… Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Ted Stefanik

Dear Williams faculty, staff and retirees, With sadness, I write to share news of the death of retired staff member Ted Stefanik. Ted passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, at the age of 71. Ted attended St. Stanislaus School in Adams and the former St. Joseph High School in… Continue reading »