In Memoriam

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

The Passing of Andrea Danyluk

Williams faculty and staff, I write, with sadness, to honor the memory of Andrea Pohoreckyj Danyluk, Mary A. and William Wirt Warren Professor of Computer Science, Emerita, who passed away yesterday at the age of 59, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. Andrea, who only retired from active teaching… Continue reading »

The Passing of Bill Lewis

Williams mourns the loss of retired staff member Bill Lewis, who passed away at age 83 at his Williamstown home on Monday, February 14, 2022. Bill joined Williams in 1991, as a custodian in what was then known as the Building and Grounds Department. This followed… Continue reading »

The Passing of Don Beaver

I write to share the sad news that Donald Beaver, Professor of History of Science, Emeritus, passed away last weekend. Don came to Williams in 1971 and soon after founded our Department of History of Science—“one of the college’s first interdisciplinary departments,” to quote his retirement citation. His… Continue reading »

The Passing of Bob Buckwalter

With sadness, Williams notes the passing of retired College Chaplain Bob Buckwalter on Saturday, January 15, 2022. Bob arrived at Williams as college chaplain in July 1991, after having served as pastor of the Japanese American Ethnic Church in Alameda, CA, and of Congregational churches in… Continue reading »

The Passing of Jim Hodgkins

Williams mourns the passing of retired staff member Jim Hodgkins on Monday December 27, 2021 at Crescent Manor in Bennington, VT. Jim joined the college as assistant director of food services in 1970 and retired 31 years later after a distinguished career as director of dining… Continue reading »

The Passing of Paula Tabor

Williams faculty and staff, I write with sad news that Paula Moore Tabor ’76, who worked in the Alumni Relations Office for two decades, died on Friday, October 22.  A pioneer of coeducation at Williams, Paula returned to the college in 1992 and served… Continue reading »

The Passing of Bob Peck

Williams faculty and staff, It is my sad duty to inform you that retired Director of Athletics Bob Peck passed away last Friday, October 15. Bob ran our athletics program from 1971 to 2001, a time of enormous change at Williams. Most notably he oversaw the transformation of our athletics… Continue reading »

The Passing of Dorothea Hanson

With sadness, Williams notes the passing of retired staff member Dorothea Hanson on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Dorothea joined the college in 1972 as a Foreign Student Advisor and held several titles over the course of three decades, before retiring in 1991 as Assistant to the Director of the Center… Continue reading »

The Passing of Chet Lasell

Williams faculty and staff, I write with sad news that Chester “Chet” Lasell ’58, director of alumni relations from 1992 to 1998, passed away on Sunday, September 12.  Remembered for his generous spirit and unwavering commitment to the college, Chet oversaw all alumni relations… Continue reading »

The Passing of Bill Wagner

Williams faculty and staff, As promised, I write to share some remembrances of Brown Professor of History, Emeritus, and former Interim President and Dean of the Faculty Bill Wagner, who passed away yesterday. One of the most telling things I can say about Bill is that he was well-known, admired… Continue reading »