The Passing of Alfred Cross

To the Williams community,

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of retired custodian Alfred “Al” Cross, who passed away on Sunday, July 7, in Pittsfield. He was 91.

Al was born in Adams and attended local schools. He joined the Williams staff in 1969 and worked primarily in Griffin Hall and Thompson Chapel until his retirement in 1990. On his retirement, after 21 years of dedicated service to the college, colleagues noted that he probably had more contact with registrars and chaplains than any other person on campus. In addition to his custodial duties, Al is remembered for his participation in college traditions. He assisted with faculty robes at Convocation and Commencement, as well as with student planting of the ivy and the dropping of the watch. He was also an unofficial member of many weddings at the Chapel and willing to help out whenever needed.

Al is predeceased by his wife Lucille Mignault; brothers George and Harold; and sisters Beatrice Goodermote and Rita Malloy. He is survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

A wake for Alfred Cross will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Trottier Pringle Funeral Home in Adams. A memorial service will immediately follow at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church in Adams.

Our thoughts are with Al’s family and many friends.


Maud S. Mandel
Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies