Thurston Bowl

For distinguished service as class secretary. This award was donated by the family and friends of Ted Thurston, Class of 1912, who wrote Class Notes for 65 years. During that time, Ted missed only one deadline—and only because he forgot to send his completed notes to the magazine.

Jonathan Fitch, Class of 1974

The Thurston Bowl is awarded for distinguished service as class secretary. It was established by the family and friends of Ted Thurston, Class of 1912, who, in his 65 years as secretary, missed only one deadline simply because he forgot to mail his completed notes to the magazine. All class… Continue reading »

Beatrice R. Fuller ’83

Williams College June 9, 2018 Class secretaries play an important role by developing a sense of community among the far-flung members of their class. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that in each edition of Williams People, their classmates—no matter how much their lives… Continue reading »

Heidi Sandreuter ’92

Williams College Saturday, June 10, 2017 Class secretaries play an important role by developing a sense of community among the far-flung members of their class. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that in each addition of Williams People, their classmates—no matter how much their… Continue reading »

Christine W. Choi, Class of 1991

Class secretaries are essential alumni volunteers. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that their classmates continue to feel a connection to each other and to Williams—no matter how much their lives have changed since they left the Purple Valley. The Thurston Bowl is awarded for… Continue reading »

Raomona Liberoff, Class of 1991

Class secretaries are essential alumni volunteers. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that their classmates continue to feel a connection to each other and to Williams—no matter how much their lives have changed since they left the Purple Valley. The Thurston Bowl is awarded for… Continue reading »

Pete McEntegart, Class of 1991

Class secretaries are essential alumni volunteers. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that their classmates continue to feel a connection to each other and to Williams—no matter how much their lives have changed since they left the Purple Valley. The Thurston Bowl is awarded for… Continue reading »

Nancy O’Brien Wagner, Class of 1995

Class secretaries are essential alumni volunteers. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that their classmates continue to have a connection to each other and to Williams—no matter how much their lives have changed since they left the Purple Valley. The Thurston Bowl is awarded for… Continue reading »

Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin, Class of 1995

Class secretaries are essential alumni volunteers. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that their classmates continue to have a connection to each other and to Williams—no matter how much their lives have changed since they left the Purple Valley. The Thurston Bowl is awarded for… Continue reading »

Dan Rankin, Class of 1959

Class secretaries are essential alumni volunteers, keeping their classmates in touch with each other and the college. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that their classmates continue to have a connection to each other and to Williams—no matter how much their lives have changed since… Continue reading »

Jeff “J” DeLisle, Class of 1978

Class secretaries are essential alumni volunteers. They devote countless hours to gathering and writing Class Notes, ensuring that their classmates continue to have a connection to each other and to Williams—no matter how much their lives have changed since leaving the Purple Valley. The Thurston Bowl is awarded for distinguished service… Continue reading »

Kolleen Rask, Class of 1982

Before we get to this year’s Thurston Bowl honorees, I want to recognize two past recipients who are with us today. Five years ago, Bill Ryan, Class of ’62, was honored with the Thurston Bowl. At the time, Bill was about one year into his goal of visiting as many… Continue reading »

Will Layman, Class of 1982

Before we get to this year’s Thurston Bowl honorees, I want to recognize two past recipients who are with us today. Five years ago, Bill Ryan, Class of ’62, was honored with the Thurston Bowl. At the time, Bill was about one year into his goal of visiting as many… Continue reading »

William M. Ryan, Class of 1962

This year’s recipient has been at the helm of the column for 15 years. He is a secretary who always has abundant news to report. And no wonder: He has embarked on what he calls his “Williams odyssey,” already personally visiting more than 50 of his classmates, with plans for… Continue reading »

Brian D. Carpenter, Class of 1986

This year’s recipient of the Thurston Bowl has been on the job ten years and already has equaled the best qualities of his distinguished predecessor. His style is warm, engaging, witty and professional. He has a knack for looking at the big picture and using interesting references to enliven his… Continue reading »

Chris W. Lovell, Class of 1977

The Thurston Bowl is awarded annually for distinguished service as one of the indispensable Class Secretaries who gather and write the highly popular Class Notes for The Alumni Review. It was donated by the family of Ted Thurston, Class of 1912, a man who wrote his class notes for 65… Continue reading »

George F. Pieper, Class of 1946

Unlike Ted Thurston, who always sent his notes on time, this year’s recipient more often than not sends in his columns early. In fact, he already has e-mailed his reunion notes—which aren’t due until the end of next week! He first picked up the pen after his 30th reunion. In… Continue reading »

H. Mercer Blanchard, Class of 1955

Reading the Class Notes written by this year’s Thurston Bowl recipient is like talking to the local guy sitting at the counter of a roadside diner. The conversation is casual, comfortable, and more informed than anything you’d ever get from the newspaper or mayor’s office. This class secretary writes with… Continue reading »

Jennifer Jones, Class of 1982

This is the first time the Thurston Bowl has ever been awarded to two class secretaries. They’ve each been on the job only five years and already have equaled the best qualities of their distinguished predecessor. Reading their quarterly notes is like listening in on a phone call between friends. Continue reading »

John Gould, Class of 1966

This year, for only the second time in the history of the Thurston Bowl, we’re bestowing the award on co-secretaries. One word describes the relationship these secretaries have with the editors and each other: seamless. Though one secretary is more timely than the other (I’ll let them tell you who),… Continue reading »

John P. Bessone, Class of 1978

This year’s recipient wrote in the very first paragraph of his very first column that he hoped he could “at least carry the ball without a fumble.” Five years later, we think of him as a Super Bowl champ. Though word count isn’t always a measure of substance, his lengthy… Continue reading »

Michael J. Rosenfelder, Class of 1982

This is the first time the Thurston Bowl has ever been awarded to two class secretaries. They’ve each been on the job only five years and already have equaled the best qualities of their distinguished predecessor. Reading their quarterly notes is like listening in on a phone call between friends. Continue reading »

Nat White, Class of 1999

This year’s Thurston Bowl honoree has been on the job for five years and is on his way to matching one piece of Ted Thurston’s record: the one time his Class Notes were a day late, due to a computer glitch, he offered to buy his editors a beer in… Continue reading »

Palmer Bessey, Class of 1966

This year, for only the second time in the history of the Thurston Bowl, we’re bestowing the award on co-secretaries. One word describes the relationship these secretaries have with the editors and each other: seamless. Though one secretary is more timely than the other (I’ll let them tell you who),… Continue reading »

Paul Neely, Class of 1968

This year’s recipient has held the class pen for 15 years, and he’s an editor’s dream. He always gets his notes in without fail, even if he has to hand-deliver them. He’s never written more than the allotted word count. In fact, he was an early advocate for placing quotas… Continue reading »

Sidney Moody, Class of 1950

Unlike Ted Thurston, who always sent his notes on time, this year’s recipient more often than not sends in his columns early. Perhaps it is because he is no stranger to working under deadline—having spent 38 years as a reporter and feature writer with the Associated Press. He has spent… Continue reading »