In Memoriam

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

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 »

In Commemoration of Steve Sheppard

Williams faculty and staff colleagues, I write with the promised commemoration of our colleague, Steve Sheppard, Class of 2012 Professor of Economics, who passed away on March 2, 2024, at the age of 69. Steve joined the Williams faculty in 2000, after starting his career in faculty positions at Virginia… Continue reading »

In Commemoration of Bernie Bucky

Williams colleagues, I write, as promised, to commemorate the late Jean-Bernard (Bernie) Bucky, William Dwight Whitney Professor of Theatre, Emeritus. Bernie died on February 13 as a result of complications from an automobile accident and subsequent fall. He was 86. Bernie was born in Paris in 1937, to Gerhard and… Continue reading »

Remembering Toby Woods

Williams students, faculty, and staff, I am writing to share more information about Toby Woods, a first-year student and member of the class of 2027, from New Canaan, Connecticut, where he graduated from New Canaan High School. As I shared in an earlier message, Toby died… Continue reading »

The Death of Professor Emeritus Jean-Bernard Bucky

Williams colleagues, I write with the sad news that Jean-Bernard (Bernie) Bucky, William Dwight Whitney Professor of Arts and Theatre, Emeritus, passed away yesterday. I will send a full commemoration soon. In the meantime, my thoughts go out to Bernie’s loved ones and his many friends, former colleagues and students. Continue reading »

The Death of Charlie Kerzner

Williams students, faculty and staff, I write to mourn the passing of Charles “Charlie” Nathan Hawkins Kerzner, of Sheffield, MA. Charlie originally enrolled at Williams in the fall of 2018 and died on January 26, 2024. The college recently learned of their passing. At Williams, Charlie… Continue reading »

The Death of Kurt Tauber

The funeral will be held at the Thompson Memorial Chapel in Williamstown at 860 Main St., on February 8, 2024, beginning at 12:45 and will be live-streamed at: To the Williams Community, I write to commemorate the Williams career of Class of 1924 Professor of… Continue reading »

The Death of Retiree Barbara Agostini

Williams mourns the death of retiree Barbara Agostini, who passed away on January 14 at the age of 80 from cancer. Barb joined Williams in 1984, as a secretary in the Alumni Relations office. In 1989 she moved to the Dean’s Office as Editorial Assistant. In 2004 she joined the… Continue reading »