Personal Stories

Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.

Read their stories below:


John Hyde

John Hyde embodies the Teach It Forward Campaign’s focus on great teaching. By making initial fellowship gifts today and then using his future estate to fully fund it with a bequest, he is able to see his vision in action and create an endowed fund that will last in perpetuity.

Susan Dunn

Massachusetts Professor of Humanities Susan Dunn has taught at Williams since the early 1970s. When planning her estate and the impact she would like it to have at Williams, Susan worked with the Williams Gift Planning team to create an endowed professorship to honor and continue the work to which she and Jim devoted their lives.

Geoff Connor ’68, P’02

Geoff Connor ’68, P’02 said, “My 50th reunion presented the perfect opportunity to make a once-in-a-lifetime, truly meaningful gift to Williams—a chance to see that the next generation is educated, not just in a trade, but in all aspects of life. I chose a deferred charitable gift annuity because I viewed it as a win-win."

Eugene Kim ’86, UK Giving

TO BENEFIT WILLIAMS AND ITS ALUMNI and friends in the United Kingdom, Williams has established the Williams College Foundation (UK) Limited, a private limited company approved by charitable tax authorities in the UK and US.

Bill Jaume ’77

FOR BILL JAUME ’77 the path to Williams went across a 90 mile strip of the Atlantic Ocean. Born in Cuba to a middle class family, Bill’s mother and father sent him to the U.S. in 1962 when he was only eight as part of Operation Pedro Pan.
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Elizabeth Bluhm ’95

Elizabeth Bluhm, Class of ’95 Gift Planning Chair, shares what inspired her to make a legacy gift to Williams when she was just starting out in her career as a physician and what that gift will achieve.

Chris Williamson '70

Retirement from his position as head of Applewild School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, prompted Chris Williamson ’70 and his wife Peggy, to consider ways in which they could make a substantial gift in honor of Chris’s upcoming 50th Reunion while also supplementing their retirement income.
Mary Clark Thompson

Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson

​Frederick Ferris Thompson is well known at Williams for his generous philanthropy. His first gift was the clock tower on Lasell Gymnasium in 1886—the same year he became a Trustee and was granted an honorary degree from Williams, although he never finished his studies.

Gay '64 and Mary Mayer

Since his first day as a volunteer for the Alumni Fund telethon more than 46 years ago Gay Mayer’s mantra for giving to his alma mater has been “Plan”.
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James B. Blume ’63 and Kathryn W. Frank

For Jim Blume, giving to Williams is a matter of the heart. “In general it’s hard for me to get excited about supporting an institution of any kind, but Williams is an amazing collection of people who’ve significantly enriched my life.”

Hampel Scholarship Joins Two Berkshire Lives

Grace Hampel’s first job out of college, in 1947, was as a stenographer and secretary to President Phinney Baxter III, Class of 1914. It was, she said, “a great beginning for me.”
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Frieda Jacobs and Frederic Klein P’06, ’11

Frieda’s affection for Williams began as a child when she joined her parents and her father Stuart’s Class of 1945 pals at annual Amherst game tailgating parties.
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Bill Ryan ’62 (1940-2019)

Let us count the ways: Father of Kathy Ryan-Gidman ’90 and Jim ’92, Bill has served as president of the Executive Committee of the Society of Alumni, class treasurer, six stints as class secretary.
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Gordon Faison ’60

Professor S. Lane Faison Jr. ’29 (1907-2006) was a Williams legend and a national treasure. Among the most influential art educators of the 20th century, he taught several generations of America’s leading museum directors, curators and scholars.
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Jason Poling ’94

What’s been most meaningful for me has been the relationships that I’ve developed with Williams people—classmates and professors from my time on campus, of course, but also fellow alumni that I’ve gotten to know through my regional association.
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Jim Steggall ’83 and Mary Beard Steggall ’83, Parents of Haley ’11

“With our 25th Reunion approaching,we thought long and hard about how to show our support for Williams...."
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John Raynolds ’51 (1929-2011)

Fresh from Williams, John Raynolds ’51 served in the KoreanWar as a diver in the Navy Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) that was the first to develop a system for delivering UDT swimmers from a fast-moving helicopter—an operation that led to the development of the famous U.S. Navy SEALs.
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Liz ’83 and Todd ’83 Krieg, P’08,’10,’13

“The guiding principal of both of our families has been the importance of education to the development of the individual and the institutions of the world..."
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Nancy (1940-2015) and Ted Cobden ’57

Nancy and Ted Cobden, both widowed after long marriages, delighted their many Williams friends when they were married in 2005. Nancy’s first husband, Robinson D. Wright, had been Ted’s classmate and fraternity brother.
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Sally Love H’58

Sally Love H’58 established a Williams Charitable Gift Annuity to support the Class of 1958 Scholarships. Why the scholarship gift? “Because my late husband Jack was a Tyng Scholar.

R. Rhett Austell Jr.’48

The recipient of a Tyng Scholarship, which provided a great incentive for him to come to Williams, Rhett majored in English and history and was editor of the Record.