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A planned gift and bequest recognition society for Williams College

The Ephraim Williams Society recognizes alumni, spouses, parents and friends who have established planned gift arrangements with Williams or included the college in their estate plans. All are welcome to join. Please call the Office of Gift Planning if you would like information or assistance as you prepare your own estate plans. 

Membership in The Ephraim Williams Society is purely honorary, carries no obligations and is open to all friends who have demonstrated their commitment to the College’s future by establishing life income gifts (pooled income funds, charitable remainder trusts, or gift annuities), or by including Williams in their wills, trusts or as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or donor advised fund. No gift minimum or proof of bequest intention is required. All are welcome!

Access our easy membership application (print and mail) or access on-line 

For more information, call the Office of Gift Planning (413) 597-3538, toll-free (877) 374-7526, or e-mail us at

Announcing a new chair of The Ephraim Williams Society

"A legacy gift supports Williams into a future that builds on its superb past. Membership in The Ephraim Williams Society recognizes that commitment of generosity. We welcome everyone who is part of that devoted support."

-Paul Neely, '68 Trusttee Emeritus, Williams College and Chair, The Ephriam Williams Society

Carl Vogt '58The Gift Planning Office is pleased and proud to welcome Paul Neely ’68 as the new chair of The Ephraim Williams Society (EWS). Paul is an Eph’s Eph having served in just about every volunteer role imaginable, including as a member the Board of Trustees (July 1995-June 2009). He is also currently serving on the Principal Giving Committee and as secretary for the Class of 1968. As he celebrated his 50th Reunion this past June, Paul and his classmate, Bob Scott ’68, were awarded the Rogerson Cup, the college’s highest award for alumni service.

Following his graduation from Williams in 1968, Paul went on to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he enrolled in a media management program earning his MS in journalism and his MBA simultaneously. From there, Paul continued his family tradition in journalism working for many newspapers across the US. In 1973 he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He finally settled in Chattanooga, TN, as the managing editor and later the publisher of the Chattanooga Times, the first person outside the Ochs/Sulzberger family to hold the title of publisher for the newspaper since Adolph Ochs bought the paper in 1878. He now lives part of the year in Williamstown and part of the year in Chattanooga.

We are so grateful for Paul’s predecessor Carl Vogt’s many years of service as chair of The EWS (since 2011). While goodbyes are never easy, we are encouraged knowing we will have the benefit of Carl’s continued, life-long championship of gift planning, and, more importantly, his friendship. We know that engagement with The EWS continues beyond one’s volunteer service as we saw at this year’s EWS breakfast. We were delighted to have all three EWS chairs in attendance at our breakfast over Reunion weekend: our inaugural chair, John W. Chandler P ’76 (2004-2011); our most recent chair, Carl W. Vogt ’58 (2011-2018); and our incoming chair, Paul Neely ’68. We know we are stronger because of the foundation set by John and continued by Carl; we look forward to Paul carrying on their tradition of enthusiastic leadership.

Maud S Mandel and Paul Neely

Carl W. Vogt, John W. Chandler, Paul Neely






Learn more about the Annual Ephraim Williams Society Breakfast »