Williams 1970 50th Reunion - July 31 - Aug. 3, 2022.

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Activism Table, 1970, Spring Street, Williamstown: Old, Young, Dog

Activism Table, 1970 Spring Street: Old, Young, Dog

President Lou Buck's Welcome Message

Williams '70's 50th Reunion: July 31-August 3, 2022.  Reunion Details:

2021-22 '70 Zoom Schedule!  We'll have other classes joining us on some Zooms, as '70 leads the charge on topical and fun reunion-related programs.

Strike! College Closes May, 1970 - Fifty Years Ago.  Williams Record articles, and Chapin Hall student/faculty rally, May 3, 1970.

Zoom Speakers and Feel Good Series, 2021-22. 

Class of '70 Zoom Meetings, 2020-2021

Coronavirus Update

Dr. Craig Smith, '70

Craig Smith Portrait


October 7, 2021

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TITLE “The New Colonialty of Power: South Africa at 25. And Education in Rwanda and the transition to studying at Williams.

 David Coplan, Emeritus Professor and Chair in Social Anthropology at University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, & Peter Thorp     

Peter Thorp

Peter Thorp '70

David Coplan

David Coplan, '70

(along with two Rwandan students attending Williams:  Lois Umutesi ‘22 and Nikitah Gaju ‘23) 


Purple Cow - Megan Coyle - mcoyle.com




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Getting Admitted to Williams - Williams Admission office presentation with application files review


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Feel Good:
’70 Fall Sports at Williams

(All teammates will have an opportunity to add their favorite team stories, anecdotes.)

Jack Maitland

Jack Maitland, Football

John Hitchins, Football

Peter Thorp Soccer
Rob Durkee

Rob Durkee, Soccer

Jim Slade

Jim Slade, Soccer

Bran Potter

Bran Potter. X-Country


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“Climb High, Row Far”


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Net Zero Architecture and Communities

Book Cover: New Net Zero by Bill Maclay

Bill Maclay, '70

Bill Maclay

Purple Cow - Megan Coyle - mcoyle.com


State of the Union

Joe Sensenbrenner, '70:
Mayor, Madison, Wisconsin, 1983-89 3 terms.
Legal Counsel, Chief of Staff, to Governor Patrick Lucey 1973-77

Jim Kirkland, '70:

Elgin City, Il., Councilman 1978-82 and five-term State Representative, Illinois General Assembly 1983-92

Suzanne Reed, Smith '70. Collaboration Connection, CA.
--Commissioner, CA Energy Commission;
Chief of Staff: CA Rep & Sen. Carol Liu;
Formerly on Sen.  Joe Biden's U.S. senate staff. 

Hon. Elected Officials and Pres. Joe Biden's U.S. Senate Staff

Jim Kirkland, Class of 1970

Jim Kirkland, '70

Elected Offices: Elgin City, Il., Councilman, 1978-82;
Five-term State Representative, Illinois General Assembly 1983-92
Joe Sensenbrenner, Class of '1970

Joe Sensenbrenner, '70

Legal Counsel, Chief of Staff, to Governor Patrick Lucey 1973-77
Mayor, Madison Wisconsin 1983-89 (three terms)
Suzanne Reed

Suzanne Reed, Smith '70
Collaboration Connection,  CA.
CA Energy Commissioner;
Chief of Staff, Rep. & Sen. Carol Liu.
Formerly on Sen. Joe Biden's senate staff.


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Read President Maud Mandel's March 11, 2020 message on Williams' new Coronavirus web site.

Destination Williamstown:  Weekly Listing of Events in the Williamstown area.  https://destinationwilliamstown.org/

50th Reunion Testimonials - First-Time Reunion Attendees from '68, '69 tell us about returning to Williams after 50 years.

Reunion Details. Visit often as rescheduling plans unfold.

Update your Profile with pictures and bios ("Activities") at Reconnect By...  View

 Compare demographics for 1970,  2017 classes.

Resources, Articles, History. 

New Directions in Education: Explore and discuss the Class of '70's contributions to Williams' diversity, democracy, coeducation, and social change. 
Protest and Change:
50th Class Gift:  Curricular Excellence and Innovation.


Families Gallery>  If you'd like to have a picture of your family included in this slide show, please email your picture to Ray Kimball at raymond.kimball@yahoo.com.

News:  June, 2020

  • July 9, 2020: Next Zoom Meeting:  July 9, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST: Williams in Fall, 2020: Decisions, Impact.  Contact Ray Kimball to get on the Zoom Invitation List.
  • Zoom Reunion, June 11-12, 2020: Speakers on Coronavirus, State of Economy Brief Over Ninety (90) Classmates at Zoom Reunion Class Meeting, June 11, 2020 

Who's Attending? Pics; History; (Pls. add more!)

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Stoney Ledge: Jack Murray, Nate Fox, July 2019

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Bobby Jones Movie Poster

Profile: Peter Thorp

Peter Thorp, ’70, founded and leads Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology in Rwanda – a school “that…bring(s) together as broad a socio-economic profile of girls as possible, a vital vision given the ethnic violence of the 1994 genocide.”  The school, located about an hour outside the capital Kilgali...

Preston Washington '70 Honored

July, 2018:  New York City has honored Bishop Preston Washington '70 by renaming West 115th St., NYC, "Bishop Preston R. Washington, Sr Place."  For further details, see Preston Washington Honored by New York City.

Our special thanks to Cliff Robinson, '70, for bringing this to our attention.

About The Class

News!  About 200 of you (83%) contributed to the 2017-18 College Annual Fund.  So you'll all come to Reunion to celebrate and reconnect, yes?  See Alumni Fund Achievements.

1970:  Last all-male class.    Compare Admissions 1970 & 2017.

-- About 30 women entered our class under the 12-college exchange program.
-- Then and Now shows how 1960's admission reforms led to today's "multiverse." 
-- Use Reconnect By... to find  classmates and update your profile and info. 
--In Memorium:  Add your insights and remembrances. 
--Reunion offers time to re-connect with our classmates, including those who we may not have known well before.
For the larger picture, see "Universal Thoughts."

Picture Galleries

Student Life Today

"First Gen" Students on Hopkins Gate Steps

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Courtesy, Williams College

Bill Coyle's Portraits - New Sept. '18!

Capturing A Rainbow: Renwick Gallery, DC

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Bill Coyle's Washington - Bill Coyle, '70 has "an eye"for humor, detail, color, depth, and the unusual shot. Here's the first of Bill's galleries. We'll be changing them periodically, so check back often.  If  you also would like to be featured, please contact me at raymond.kimball@yahoo.comVisit Bill's extensive Flickr site.


Montage of pictures of Williams 1970 Classmates

Who’s Attending 50th Reunion?

Top Who Are These Classmates? Answers Revealed Who’s Attending the 50th Reunion, July 31 – August 3, 2022? By end of November, approximately 130 have committed for the 50th! And one hundred of you (100) have sent in photos!  See below. Thank you, thank you.  Your WebMaster, Ray Kimball There are three (3) ways to […]

Rod Dow, died April 27, 2022

Rod Dow

Rodney Dow Rodney Henri Dow passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, after a brave year with aggressive cancer at the age of 74. Devoted husband to the late Anne Dow. Loving father of Kristen (John) Franceschi and Bryan (Rosa Garcia) Dow. Proud “Gramps” of Anna and Alex Franceschi. Dear brother of Julianne (Paul […]

Ron Clark Profile Picture


Ron Clark passed away after a long illness on December 22, 2021. According to Ron’s daughter, Logan, her father had experienced chronic health problems over the past few years eventually leading to his month-long hospitalization. Ron recently was plagued with additional medical issues which rendered him unresponsive prompting the family to move him home. There, […]