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 North Adams, Belmont and Williamstown, Mass. He retired from Williams in 2000, and later relocated with his wife, Kris, to the Maine coast, where he lived at the time of his passing. 

Bob’s family plans to hold a celebration of his life at a later date, out of respect for pandemic restrictions. In the meantime, condolence messages can be submitted via the Chad E. Poitras Cremation and Funeral Service website,

For a rich tribute to Bob’s life, please see his obituary in the Berkshire Eagle.