Williams Alumni Stories

Stories

Throughout the Society of Alumni bicentennial year, we invited you to tell your stories. The response was incredible, with nearly 400 alums represented in a collection of over 200 stories.

Connect with other Ephs across generations and geographies through stories of what it means to be a Williams alum—and what we mean to each other.

The End of the Beginning

The alumni bicentennial celebration may be wrapping up, but Leigh Winter Martin ’99’s archival storytelling has just begun.

You Know You Went to Williams if…

In the “You know you went to Williams if…” Facebook group, alumni share all sorts of purple encounters. But before social media, many of those same items were sent to the Alumni Review.

I Am Because We Are

Angelica Rodriguez ’05 explores who she is and Williams’ part in her purpose and her place.

R. Michael Scott

Expert Connections

Thomas Vitale ’86 found the medical help his daughter needed in another Williams grad.

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Adventures at Sea and on Ice

Michael Robbins ’49, anticipating his 95th birthday in November, is planning a big party, complete with printed copies of some of his stories. And he has stories to tell.

Betsy Harper house

A Mutual Vision

Betsy Harper ’79 has watched as Williams’ commitment to sustainable buildings has mirrored her own path.

Anton Bestebreurtje

Reunion Recognition

Anton Bestebreurtje ’75 remembers the moment he felt a humble appreciation for his alma mater.

Any Reason to Go Up Into the Hills

Douglas MacBain ’75 recalls a simple, albeit magical, moment hiking with his classmate and friend up Pine Cobble.

Recollections of Williams’ First Class of Women

As the first class of women to enter as “frosh,” women in the Class of 1975 were part of Williams’ efforts to grow and diversify the student body. Martha Coakley ’75 moderates a panel of ’75 alumnae, Suzanne Fluhr, Robyn Geissler, Jacqueline Laughlin, Nancy Reece Jones, and Lisa Harris as they discuss their experiences at Williams beginning fifty years ago in the fall of 1971, and the journeys they have taken since.

Skip Kotkins

Navigating a Post-College Life

Skip Kotkins ’70 finds himself continually amid good company — his Williams classmates.

Leslie Senke at camp

From Wisconsin to Williams

Leslie Jeffs Senke ’89 gives thanks to the camp counselor who introduced her to the Purple Valley.

How Did We Get Through?

Jackie Laughlin ’75 reflects on the ongoing work of building the Black legacy at Williams.

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Career Connections

Drew Newman ’04 benefited from the Eph network and continues to pay it forward whenever he can.

Class Secretary Struggles: 1961 Special Edition

No class secretaries pleaded and ranted quite like the Class of 1961.

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A Life-Changing Phone Call

Ned Donoghue II ’66 found a home at Williams.

Class Secretary Struggles: VOLUME 5

Begging for class notes is timeless…

Class Secretary Struggles: VOLUME 4

Begging for class notes is timeless…

Senator Brouk poses for a photo holding a purple 'We the Purple flag in front of a head sculpture. She is wearing a yellow dress.

Serving My Community

Born and raised in the City of Rochester, Senator Brouk returned home to continue her journey in public service and most recently being elected to represent the 55th district in the New York State Senate. In this conversation we chat about the ‘sparks’ along the way that led to her involvement in the community as well as the things that bring joy in her life.

Kate and Sally

My Roomie/My Bestie

Kate Stone Lombardi ’78 reflects on 47 years of friendship thanks to the serendipity of first year roommate assignments at Williams.

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Remembrances from September 2001

Rabbi Eric Woodward ’03 shares the first sermon he ever gave as a junior at Williams, the week after September 11, 2001, on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, 2001.

Aaron and his wife, Jasmine, posing for a photo inside Old Home Distillers' tasting room. Jasmine is standing to the left of Aaron and is wearing a black top with a purple Williams bicentennial baseball cap, with her hands crosses. Aaron is standing to Jasmine's right while holding a 'We the Purple' purple flag and wearing a black Old Home Distillers branded shirt and a Williams bicentennial baseball cap.

Embracing the Unexpected

Aaron Carvell ’99 currently serves as one of the heads of Old Home Distillers, a family owned distillery in Lebanon, New York. In our conversation, we chat about taking risks, the joys of family, being a trombonist, and building community wherever you go.

Bruce McNutt yearbook

Williams Poems

Bruce McNutt ’70 started writing Williams Poems 35 years after graduating from Williams as a way to give back to the college and thank his classmates.

Father and daughter

Finding her Wings

After a decade Jonaya Kemper ’07 returned to art begun — and abandoned — at Williams.

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Office Hours: Kelsey Jones ’08

Returning as a visiting professor to Williams, Kelsey Jones ’08 reflects on how it has been a healing experience and shares her goal to make students feel welcomed in the classroom.

Photography of Bill Troyer

An Immeasurable Experience

Bill Troyer ’56 feels gratitude for the life he has led and all that Williams did to help along the way.

Drawing Williams

Every week since the start of the pandemic in March of 2020, Dan Cohn-Sherbok ’66 has drawn a cartoon of a campus building and shared it with his classmates as a digital jigsaw puzzle.

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Understanding Excellence

Christopher C. Baker ’70 is grateful for a Williams education and his continued connections to the college

Pei-Ru and Steve

Finding Connections through Storytelling

When she felt disconnected at Williams, Pei-Ru Ko ’09 created a space that embraced belonging for all.

Salmon fishing

Salmon Stories from Bristol Bay, Alaska

Catch up with Emma Laukitis ’13, Josh Pierson ’99, Robbi Behr ’97 & Matthew Swanson ’97 as they prepare for their summer salmon seasons up in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Here are three stories of Alaska, fishing, Williams and the unlikely bonds between them.

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“Wooden Surfboard Shaper”

Chase Davenport ’12 weaves a tale of the twists and turns from Williamstown to San Francisco, from sleeping in vans by the beach to managing challenging health hurdles to spending an undercover semester at Harvard that led him to his current occupation as a professional wooden surfboard shaper.

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Office Hours: Hannah Noel ’08

Coming full circle back to her home of the Berkshires, Hannah Noel ’08 reflects on the journey into academia and passion for ethnic studies, due in large part through the support of her Latina/o Studies professors at Williams.

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A Shared Love of Puzzles (in Purple)

Jeff Bolas ’97 and Brian Wecht ’97 talk about the origins of the Puzzles in Purple contest created by Greg Pliska ’84, the joy of treasure hunts, and the ways in which a shared love of puzzles has been one of the things that have kept them connected throughout a lifelong friendship.

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Making Quarantine Lemons into Lemonart

Armed with only an iphone, a family, and a pandemic, Christine Leahy ’99 has been creating art by recreating art.

Olympic MedalEphs

With the Tokyo Olympics upon us, let’s take a look back at the Ephs who have won Olympic medals over the years.

Mijon at Carnival

Juneteenth Reflections

Mijon Zulu ‘09 reflects on how his intersectional history and identity intersects with the history of Black America and the celebrating of freedom.

ChrisKerby

Purple Pride: Christopher Kerby ’81

“We need to look back, we need to celebrate, but also we need to recommit going forward.”

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Purple Pride: Dan Pinello ’72

“I decided was going to bring the ‘gaylebration’ to campus, and the question was ‘how?'”

GrantTorres

Purple Pride: Grant Torres ’12

“I felt that I was at the epicenter of a lot of gay rights that were passed when I was at Williams and it was amazing and I couldn’t not tell you how much I love my Williams family.”

KatherineWolf

Purple Pride: Katherine Wolf ’88

“As I’ve gotten older, I realize how important it is to express who you are and be comfortable in your own skin, and I think Pride is a manifestation for that.”

Michael Mahana '80

Purple Pride: Michael Mahana ’80

“They were using the word ‘queer’ all the time, and that embrace of that word, it was such a derogatory name and I was very uncomfortable.”

MichaelLevine

Purple Pride: Michael Levine ’77

“I’m just proud of my community in all of its diversity, in all of the shades of the rainbow and shades of sexuality. It’s just accepting us as people and celebrating us as people.”

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Life and Death After Williams

Two essays by John Hubbell ’71, submitted for his 25th and 50th books, depict how his views on reunions—and the college—changed over time.

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Office Hours: Raff Donelson ’09

Coming from Pennsylvania, Raff Donelson ’09 sits down with Shayan Moazeni ’22 and discusses Caravaggio, neapolitan ice cream, octopi, and how a civil rights course and winter study experience shaped his path into teaching law.

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Office Hours: Alvaro Jarrin ’03

Hailing from Quito, Ecuador, Alvaro Jarrin ’03 shares with Shayan Moazeni ’22 their journey to Williams as an international student as they found a ‘chosen family’ of long-lasting friendships, their current research on the aesthetic hierarchies in Brazil and exploration of artivism, David Bowie, comic books, and more.

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Not in the Pictures

Why one alum doesn’t attend Williams reunions and suggestions to those who notice.

An giant purple cow balloon is carried down the street by parade volunteers wearing purple shirts.

From the Archives: A Reunion Story

Thanks to a rip in the space-time continuum, the classes of centuries past have all descended upon Williamstown for an epic reunion weekend. It promises to be one for the ages; or at least one from the archives.

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Feeling Your Way Forward

Sean Saifa Wall ’01 encourages the graduating class of 2021 to lead with love and conviction, and a few other adages to help them on their way into the world post-Williams.

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Office Hours: Seulghee Lee ’07

Watch Seulghee Lee ’07 share his journey with David Shakirov ’22 into academia to teach African American Studies at University of South Carolina as well as his reflection on anti-Black and anti-Asian violence during the pandemic.

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You are Now Leaving Williamstown

William Finn ’74 shares reflections of his own winding path after Williams to the graduating class of 2021.

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Proud to be Purple

Esu Anahata ’88 found his passion after exploring different career paths, and stayed connected to Williams along the way.

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Stretching Endlessly

Bob Parker’s ’59 winding path brought him all over the world, and his writing brings him right back to Williamstown.

A Family Occasion

The Williams family legacy of Pete Sterling ’53.

''The Holy Trinity'' of art professors at Williams College

Richness of Understanding

Arthur Wheelock ’65 remembers what he learned about the joy of discovery from Professor Lane Faison ’29.

Step Dancers at 62 Center

Unlocking the Story of Step

Maxine Lyle ’00 is unlocking the story of step with “Step Show: The Musical,” being developed as part of a residency with the ’62 Center.

Watchable Williams

Watchable Williams

Grab some popcorn and enjoy the vast array of movies and television created by and starring fellow Ephs.

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Ephs on the Frontlines: A Year Later

A year later, Matthew Fogg ’94 provides a sobering reflection on confronting the pandemic and asks us to ‘be our best selves.’

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Aided by the Eph community

Sandra Egues-Ponce CDE’88 reflects on a moment when fellow Ephs helped her through a hard time.

Recollections of the Black Student Experience

Alumni Mike Reed ’75, Jackie Laughlin (Meadows) ’75, Frank (Rick) Richards ’75, Lezli White ’75, Delbert Wigfall ’75, and Hardin Coleman ’75 share some remembrances of their singular Williams experiences.

Craig Smith

Distinguished Achievement in Humanistic Healthcare

Bicentennial Medalist Dr. Craig Smith ’70, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, wrote updates to faculty and staff about response and priorities in the early months of the pandemic which inspired those in his care and a broader society searching for understanding and leadership.

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Embracing a Personal Legacy

Monsie Muñoz ’09 became who she was meant to be during her time at Williams.

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Office Hours: Jallicia Jolly ’14

Learn how Jallicia Jolly ’14 experienced her Williams intellectual journey as an opportunity to ‘set her soul on fire’ with a foundation that has led her to research and teach on Black women’s social movements, reproductive justice and health inequities, and intersectionality and HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and Caribbean.

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Alumni across the world helped Bob Mist ’44 recover from a devastating injury

A brief update in the class notes section of the alumni magazine led to an outpouring of support well beyond classmates and a profound gratitude for the power of the Williams network.

People who are eligible and registered wait in line to get COVID-19 vaccine at NYC Health Department Vaccine Hub at Hillcrest High School in Queens.

Vaccinations and Connections

Jonathan Landsman ’05 writes about his heartwarming and heartbreaking experience volunteering at a vaccination center in his hometown of Queens.

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From First-Gen to Forever Eph

Dick Peinert ’69 cherishes his Williams experience and the connections to its people and campus.

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A Full Life

John K. Notz Jr. ’53 recounts the ongoing influence of Williams on his life.

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A Very Small Williams World

Chris Alberti ’75 finds Ephs in Montana thanks to a special vanity license plate.

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A Surrounding Sisterhood

After being diagnosed with breast cancer Jody Abzug’s ’88 P’21 Williams friends came together to get her through treatment and celebrate her recovery.

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Becoming the Gaudino Model

Experiential education changed Michael Rosenblum’s ’76 education—at Williams and beyond

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Ephs on the Frontlines: A Year Later

A year later, Dennis Kuo ’93 reflects on personal loss, Covid-19’s impact on all of us, and the fallout from the contradictions and collateral damage for years to come.

Bob Sillcox yearbook

Where You Must Apply

Bob Sillcox ’53 chose Williams on the advice of his older sisters.

Jason Hehir

Distinguished Achievement in Sports Journalism

Bicentennial Medalist Jason Hehir ’98 is a seven-time Emmy-winning director and producer whose 2020 series “The Last Dance” chronicled the Chicago Bulls dynasty and Michael Jordan’s career.

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Williamstown in Gingerbread

At the end of December, recent alumni and current students came together over Zoom for a Williams-themed Gingerbread Competition.

Kim and Morgan in 2008

A Transformative Friendship

Kim Dacres ’08 and Morgan Goodwin ’08 discuss their role in founding Claiming Williams Day and explore how their experiences with student activism strengthened their friendship and informed their work as change leaders at Williams and beyond.

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Support During the Pandemic

Jeffrey Etemad ’89 helped a new grad in her career exploration.

C David Petersen and his fraternity brothers

Anchor to an Era

C David Petersen ’53 recounts a full life and his cherished Williams friendships.

Celeste Berg '13 and husband Andrew Gaidus '11

Ongoing Intellectual Curiosity

Celeste Berg ’13 is grateful for Williams connections through lifelong friends, career opportunities and family members.

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Ephs on the Frontlines: A Year Later

A year later, Ann Marie Swann ’91 reflects on the challenge encountered with Covid-19 as a hospitalist and how she kept ‘moving forward.’

Wole Coaxum

Promoting Economic Justice

The son of Williams College’s first Black president of the Society of Alumni, Bicentennial Medalist Wole Coaxum ’92 left behind his managing director position at J.P. Morgan after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO. That event compelled him to think about how he could leverage his Wall Street experience and contacts to address the racial wealth gap.

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Office Hours: Joe Cruz ’91

Joe Cruz ’91 talks Robert Frost poems, AI, and the convergence of computer science, math, english, and history into his studying and teaching of philosophy at Williams for the past 20 years.

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Increasing Understanding of Arabic Language and Culture

Coming to Williams from Saudi Arabia in the 1950s dramatically changed Al Wohabe’s perspective. Today his family honors his memory by helping Ephs explore the world.

Ephs in Geneva

The Williams Wheel

Karen Bowen ’86 celebrates powerful Williams connections beyond the campus.

Sally Blout

Threads of Purple

Frank Richards ’75 discovers his connection to Williams goes back to his great-grandmother.

Sculpture by Craig Biddle III

A Never-Ending Source of Joy

Craig Biddle III ’53 began his time at Williams idealistic and dreamy and went on to live a life full of ministry, nature, art and gratitude.

We the Purple: Voices from the Road – Part 3

Listen to conversations with Rebecca Beavers ’93, Samra Brouk ’08, David Brown ’07, and Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts ’99.

We the Purple: Voices from the Road – Part 2

Listen to conversations with April King ’04, Cynthia Sharpe ’94, Jason Smith ’91, and Don White ’74.

July 30: Home Part 2

Boston and Williamstown, MA

July 29: Home Part 1

Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, and Hartford, CT

July 28: DC and Baltimore Double-header

Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD

July 22: No Lanes to New Orleans

Houston, TX to New Orleans, LA

July 21: Double Duty in Texas

Dallas and Houston, TX

We the Purple: Voices from the Road – Part 1

Listen to conversations with Aaron Carvell ’99, Caroline Fan ’03 and Kevin Hsueh ’03, Eze Redwood ’06, and Alex Sherman ’13.

July 18: Roomie Reunion!

Albuquerque, NM

July 13: From Mountains to Oceans

San Francisco to Los Angeles, Pacific Coast Highway

July 12: California Dreamin’

Sacramento, San Francisco, East Palo Alto, CA

July 10: Utah-kin’ to Me?

Manti and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Creating Space for Belonging

Zorelly Cepeda Derieux ’14, the newest member of the Alumni Relations staff and transplant after Williams into the Berkshire community, talked about identity, creating space, and her love of a good song. She has served as a strong mentor and participant locally, and brings a rich perspective to the alumni community. We hope you’ll join her in creating a more inclusive community together.

Twink and Markus holding 'We the Purple' flag while sitting in front of Williams Hall.

The Land is the Link

Twink Williams Burns ’06 and Markus Burns ’06, a Williams couple who met in the Frosh Quad, returned to Williamstown to raise their two children and to work in the Admission Office. Both active members in the community in their own unique ways, they shared their experiences connecting with the land (including new gardens!), learning about their own personal histories, and developing relationships with others.

July 8: Rocky Mountain High

Denver, CO Part 2

July 3: Mozzarella Mayhem

Toledo, OH to Milwaukee, WI.

July 2: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

Rochester, NY to Toledo, OH.

Ephelia looking out from the RV and waving hands out

Day 1: Departure

The point of no return is officially here.

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The Joke’s on Us: Welcome

Meet the copilots and learn how the germ of an idea takes shape.

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Naming Love and Gratitude Out Loud

Ashley Weeks Cart ‘05, a deeply passionate Williams community member, shared with us the importance of her family, a love of knitting, and a dedication to bringing people together.

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A Serendipitous Journey

Leila Jere ’91 reflects on her unexpected journey as a student and the extended Williams family she has encountered both as an alum and volunteer.

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Forever To Be Continued

Kallan Wood ’10 and Chloe Brown ’10 explore place and belonging and what it meant for these West Coasters to find “their people” in a small New England college town.

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Encountering Coach Behr

Andy Bader ’72 shares his lifelong commitment to running and the inspiring Eph who carries him through.

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Women’s Equity in Leadership at Williams

Eleven women across decades and generations are coming together to uplift women’s philanthropy at Williams.

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Saved by Williams, More than Once

Tim Hildreth ’91 shares gratitude for three of the ways Williams shaped him.

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Office Hours: Tatiana Cruz ’11

As a first-generation student and parent while at Williams, Tatiana Cruz ’11 shares her influences and journey into becoming a historian of race, gender, and social movements in modern U.S. culture with David Shakirov ’22.

Through the Headlines and Sidelines of History

Leigh Winter Martin ’99 takes us on an archival journey that showcases the “purple thread that winds through time.”

Chaedria LaBouvier

Socially Engaged Scholarship

Bicentennial Medalist Chaédria LaBouvier ’07 is the first Black curator, first Black woman, first curator of Cuban descent and first Black author of a catalogue in the Guggenheim’s 80 year history, with her exhibition, “Basquiat’s Defacement: The Untold Story.”

Etienne Aduya

Building a More Inclusive Environment

Etienne Aduya ’15 shares his story as a gay, Black student athlete in the hopes that they will have a better experience than he did.

Morris Ernst '09

A Changed and Constant Brotherhood

One of the last students to join a fraternity, Norman Spack ’65 shares the transition to residence houses and how he brought some of the fraternity connections and traditions to the college’s new model.

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Office Hours: Rory Kramer ’03

From growing up in Williamstown to realizing he was a sociologist on his road to becoming a professor, Shayan Moazeni ’22 chats with Rory Kramer ’03. Break-dance anyone?

Hiroko Imamura with her Husband Kamla

On sharing Williams and all that remains constant even amid change

Hiroko Imamura ’82, P’22, P’22 shares a path influenced by Williams experiences and connections throughout her career.

Bob Whitton and his fiance

Lasting Connections

Bob Whitton ’69 found what he was looking for on a college visit in the ’60s.

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Making Things Better

Alex Deaderick ’15 raised $25,000 to support the racial justice movement, thanks in large part to fellow Ephs.

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A Place of Growth

Daphne Lurie ’87 remembers the magic of her time at Williams.

2019 Williams Graduates at Commencement

Looking to the Future

Steve Harty ’73 shares his beliefs in the next generation of Williams College students.

Louie Lafevre

Master of the Game

Brooks Goddard ’63 pays tribute to a favorite Williams friend.

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“I see something in you”

Peter D. Kiernan ’75 became a best-selling author, just as his Williams professor predicted he would.

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A Broadened World, and Worldview

Sisters Danielle Bahr Eason ’98 and Talia Bahr Goldfarb ’94 expanded their Williams family through kinship with Abubaker Ali Ba Abbad CDE ‘17, a Yemeni student they met through Claiming Williams Day

Jim Blume and Bill Whitney

A Serendipitous Friendship

Jim Blume ’63 had a friend at Williams before he set foot on campus.

Herbet Ogden on a Williams travel trip in Switzerland

Fifty Years of Eph Connections

Herbert Ogden ’69 measures his life in the varied circumstances of several Williams connections.

Andy Hess and his entrymates

A Career Launched at Williams

Andy Hess’ ’62 journey to college began with an overheard conversation.

Class Secretary Struggles Volume 1

Class Secretary Struggles: VOLUME 1

Begging for class notes is timeless…

Class Secretary Struggles Volume 2

Class Secretary Struggles: VOLUME 2

Begging for class notes is timeless…

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Making Communities Better

A 1986 class meeting over Zoom leads to a new professional collaboration between William Leininger and Robin Flagg.

Class Secretary Struggles Volume 3

Class Secretary Struggles: VOLUME 3

Begging for class notes is timeless…

Clive K (Hulick) Connor and her daughter

A Family Away from Home

Clive Connor ’75 remembers how reaching out to the alumni network resulted in helpful advice and a delicious shared meal.

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A Tutorial that Almost Wasn’t

Amanda Gallagher ’90 remembers how a beloved professor insisted she take his class.

Bill Wadt at the Schilthorn looking towards the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau in Switzerland

Chemistry Lessons

Bill Wadt ’70 credits a chemistry professor with launching him on a successful research career

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Well Rounded Thinkers

Ryan Farley ’16 joined a company who valued the liberal arts education and the perks included yearly recuiting trips to Williamstown.

Alan and the soap bubble

Shelver, Driver, Switchboard Operator

Alan Dittrich ’69 remembers the campus jobs he held during his time at Williams.

1976 Williams Basketball Team

Leadership, intellect and humanity

Gerry Kelly ’79 recounts how his Morgan East JA and basketball teammate helped make his hometown a better place for physically disabled citizens.

Bill Jaume Yearbook photo

Coming Full Circle

A child of Cuba, Bill Jaume ’77 now supports other students from his home country with his gift to financial aid.

Protest March on Route 2

Contentious and Powerful

Kerrita Mayfield ’93 and Simeon Stolzberg ’92 reminisce about the activism and community-building they took part in as students, and how it has shaped their careers.

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Fleeting Highlights

Karen Bowen ’86 fondly recalls her time at Williams and one lasting friendship that took hold.

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My Eph Story: Kelsey Roggensack ’13

“Williams is a whimsical place.”

Portrait of Peter McKelvey

“To those whom much has been given, much will be expected.”

Teaching a Winter Study course was Peter McKelvey ’86’s chance to “pay it forward.” It was the chance of a lifetime.

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Becoming a Writer

In her own classroom, Mace Foehl ’85 shares lessons she learned from a favorite Williams professor.

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My Eph Story: Todd Mauck ’53

Recalling the injustice of eight o’clock classes on Saturday morning and the deep bonds among Williams alumni.

Fireworks over Baxter Hall

Blowing Up Baxter Hall

Hugh Germanetti ’54 recounts saying goodbye to Baxter Hall as part of his class’s 50th reunion celebration.

Greg Williams and Friends golfing

Constant and Valued

Greg Williams ’73 made connections in Professor Steve Lewis’ Econ 101 class far beyond the curriculum.

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A Great Intellectual Game

Kennedy Richardson ’71 turned the study of physics into a career managing an equity fund, always connecting his work back to lessons learned at Williams.

Women's Lacrosse Players from 2001

What Really Matters

Kate Leonard Hood ’03 learned an important life lesson thanks to Williams coach, Alix Barrale ’93.

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Teaching Winter Study Set Me on My Career Path

Teaching a Winter Study course in January 2009 set Amy Whitaker ’96 on her path as a middle-of-career college professor.

Laura and Colby

The Making of a Grand-Doctor

Laura Moberg Lavoie’s fellow 1999 classmate taught her doctor HOW to be a doctor. And then this doctor went on to deliver her child and save both of their lives.

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Time Traveling Through Williams Alumni History

Leigh Winter Martin ’99 tells the story of E. Kendall Gillett, Class of 1908, just one of many Ephs she has “met” through her archival research for the Bicentennial.

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The Quirky and Whimsical

Tempted to get those purple boots? How about finding an Ephlats record at your local antique store? Did you keep that Winter Carnival jamboree poster? Explore what else fellow Ephs have been up to.

Melinda at Convocation

A Letter to the Class of 2020

A letter from Melinda Kan-Dapaah ’20 to her classmates.

Sad Stuffed Cow

“Is There Anyone Else Here Who Feels Like A Failure?”

This fall, Laurie Bennett ’99 posed the question, “Is there anyone else in the ‘I’m a loser’ Eph club?” in the “You Know You Went to Williams If…” Facebook group. The response was overwhelming.

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From Williams to Woodberry Forest

Pat Bassett ’70 reminds us to “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

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Rob Farnham’s Ode to Ephdom

A reaction to the Williams Marching Band as one of endearment, and other Eph musings by Rob Farnham ’71.

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See If This Rings A Bell

Williams Alumni report meeting up in some unusual places, and that includes Josh Burson ’01 and fellow Eph carillonneurs.

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A Change of Course

A fellow Eph completely changed the course of Kate Stone Lombardi ’78’s career, but she didn’t find out about it until 40 years later.

Weston Language Lab

The Thrill of Giving Back

In 1983, Carol Buck Whitehead ’78 sent off her first small check to the Alumni Fund, and it marked the start of a lifelong friendship.

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Pretending it’s the ’90s again

For a few weeks each January, Rob Wittenmyer ’98 goes back in time with playlist.

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Amongst the Most Lucid Prose in the English Language

Robert Kent ’84 fondly remembers the impact Clara and David Park had on his time at Williams.

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First Guamanian to Attend Williams

Pinsi Lei ’12 recounts the moment she learned she was accepted into Williams.

An orange and pink mountain sunset.

Nostalgia for the Mountains

Adam Grogg ’04 has become “that alum.”

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Early Days for One Woman at Williams, 1970-1973

Thomasin Jean Berry ’73 writes about her experience being among some of the first female students at Williams.

Two male students pose together in their football uniforms.

Great Commonality

1999 teammates Matt Sigrist and John Berry-Candelario discuss how they continue to feel connected to their alma mater since graduating.