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Williams Action Committee Table, 1970, showing elderly visitor reading brochure, student, and black dog.

Now, Then, and Dog. Activism Table, Spring, 1970

Williams closes as coronavirus precaution.

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

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

As of March 13, no decision has been made on Reunion June 11-14.  See statement from the Williams Alumni office.  See also President Lou Buck's message of March 13 to the Class. We will keep you informed as decisions are made and information becomes available.

If you have questions or concerns about Reunion and Covid-19, please contact the 50th Reunion Office's central email,

"If a man [or woman] does not make new acquaintances, as he/she advances through life, he/she will soon find himself/herself left alone. A man/woman, Sir, should keep his/her friendships in constant repair."

Welcome, friends!   President Lou Buck's Welcome Message


-You Decide - Which Costume for Reunion Parade? Gates or Halley?  Email [email protected] with your vote.

Gates Hawn - Scotch tartan with purple tie

Gates - Tartan, Purple Tie

Halley Moriyama holding 50th Reunion parade t-shirt and scarf

Halley - T-Shirt, Purple Scarf.










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

Reunion Details. Visit often as 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.


What's New? Sept., 2019


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

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Kimball Family Reunon-Mohonk Mt. House, New Paltz, NY, May 25, 2019

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Gary Benson, Lou Buck, Whit Knapp, Williams Hockey, March '18

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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 [email protected]Visit 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, June 11-14, 2020? 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 see who’s attending: […]

College Closes March 13, 2020; Reunion Decision Delayed

Williams’ Decision to Close March 13, 2020  |  Class of ’70 Reunion Deliberations 50th Reunion Contact Point Re Covid-19 and ’70’s Reunion: [email protected]   As you know, the College has closed for the balance of the Spring 2020 semester effective March 13, 2020.  It is still considering whether to hold Commencement June 6 and Reunion […]

Bill Coyle, Class of '70

Bill Coyle

                                                 Bill Coyle William Coyle (June 8, 1948 – January 2, 2020) died January 2, 2020, in Alexandria, VA, at age 71 after a year-long illness.  He was born June 8, 1948, in Washington, DC, and grew up in Silver Spring, MD with five siblings.  Bill graduated from Williams College in 1970 with a degree […]