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I’ve made a fair number of updates to the Williams College entry (including linking to here!) on Wikipedia, the online open-edit encyclopedia.

I’m posting this here so we can have a better entry. I mean, just look at the entry for AmHerst, it blows ours away… and that’s not right!

So, I’m issuing a call to arms keyboards, requesting that any and all interested please work on filling out the Williams entry with the information it deserves (especially notable alumni).

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#1 Comment By Eric Smith ’99 On May 12, 2004 @ 12:15 pm

notable alumni, off the top of my head:

The film director John Frankenheimer.

Several princes, at least one of whom attended under a fake name so as to avoid recognition and married a supermodel after graduation (don’t recall his or her name off the top of my head – just recall reading about it around my time there).
Prince Hussain Aga Khan was there recently, but is not the one I was thinking of.

Many CEOs and their sons – not sure how notable any of them are – some probably considered “infamous” after several recent incidents.

The art mafia that lead nearly all of the world’s major art galleries.

Several actors, but none that are hugely famous that I know of.

Ethan Brooks plays football in the NFL – doubt he was a tip since his whole family has been at Williams it seems (and have all set records in their sports too it seems).

I went there and I’m downright amazing.

#2 Comment By Jeff Zeeman On May 12, 2004 @ 12:42 pm

I think this is great, thanks for calling our attention to it. I know of noplace on the web which lists a comprehensive, or even close to comprehensive, group of prominent Williams alums, this could be a great place for it. Already added a few alums, perhaps we should have an athletes section:

Jim Duquette, GM of the Mets, Brooks, Khari Stevenson, Alex Blake, Dan Calichman, all MLS players (Calichman was an all-star in the MLS), Scott Farley may soon be an addition.

The two guys from Fountains of Wayne.

Must be tons more from business / finance world. Herbert Allen, etc.

#3 Comment By Loweeel On May 12, 2004 @ 12:48 pm

I always thought it was kind of funny that Dan Duquette, perhaps the worst GM in Red Sox history, went to Amherst, and that Steinbrenner went to Williams. Given my team loyalties, that made me happy.

However, i didn’t know that Jim Duquette went to williams as well! He’s done a pretty good job so far for the mets.

#4 Comment By Jeff Zeeman On May 12, 2004 @ 12:48 pm

Oh, and also William Bennett, former drug czar, and Arne Carlson, from Minnesota governor, under gov’t officials. There must be tons of academic types as well, one who comes to mind is prominent Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon, and of course Mark Hopkins.

#5 Comment By Zach On May 12, 2004 @ 1:03 pm

There is a long list of Eph Olympians linked off the sports info. web site. It includes some medalists in the early 1900’s and a variety of sports are represented.

#6 Comment By Loweeel On May 12, 2004 @ 1:21 pm

Mary Ann Glendon apparently didn’t graduate from williams:

Professor Glendon taught at Boston College Law School from 1968 to 1986, and has been a visiting professor from time to time at the University of Chicago Law School. She received her bachelor of arts, juris doctor, and master of comparative law degrees from the University of Chicago. During the mid-1960s, while practicing law with the Chicago firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt, she served as a volunteer civil rights attorney.

#7 Comment By Eric Smith ’99 On May 12, 2004 @ 1:25 pm

There was (and is) a Mary Glendon that graduated from Williams in ’99, but as far as I know she is not a Harvard Law prof at this time.

#8 Comment By Jeff Zeeman On May 12, 2004 @ 1:29 pm

Very sorry about that, I must have been confusing my undergrad and grad (uchicago) alma maters, embarassingly enough, along with the Glendon who was at Williams with me, adding to my confusion. One other prominent academic that does come to mind, however, is Michael Beschloss. Also, I know he was a prof and he have been an alum as well, James MacGregor Burns.

#9 Comment By John On May 12, 2004 @ 2:20 pm

I added Barrington Moore Jr and James Scott as academics that went to Williams.

I’m pretty sure Edgar Bronfman who used to own Seagram/Universal went here, but I could be wrong.

Most importantly: I went to Williams. This will only become significant with time ;)

#10 Comment By (d)avid On May 12, 2004 @ 2:45 pm

Bruce Russett is class of Williams 1956. One can make the argument that Professor Russett is the most influential scholar in international relations for the past 30 years. He’s published 22 books and 218 articles. Moreover, Russett has been a pioneer in most areas of international relations (he might be one of the most cited active professors in political science).

#11 Comment By Aidan On May 12, 2004 @ 2:47 pm

Edgar Bronfman Jr. is ’50. He gave his name, with the rest of the clan, to the Bronfman Science Center. He was also the author of the rather amusing quote “to turn 100 dollars into 110 dollars is hard work. To turn 100 million dollars into 110 million dollars is inevitable.”

#12 Comment By Jeff Zeeman On May 12, 2004 @ 2:53 pm

I think it was Bronfman Senior who attended Williams, not Junior. Junior skipped college entirely. Sam, Edgar Jr.’s brother, did go to Williams. I also think that Bronfman Senior attended Williams, but if memory serves, graduated from somewhere else. He certainly holds Williams dear, however, given the volume of his family’s donations to the institution.

#13 Comment By Eric Smith ’99 On May 12, 2004 @ 3:26 pm

Edgar Bronfman Jr. is fun because he wrote a highly uneducated rant against the internet while with Universal. Things you don’t understand are apparently scary – especially when at the time you feel it threatens one of your financial stakes.

As far as I know, their wealth originated from bootlegging whiskey over the border (they are Canadian) during prohibition. This eventually led to a legitimate company in Seagrams and then on to other ventures including Universal.
(this is the part that always makes me chuckle when Williams gets its underwear knotted up over student drinking)

They, as a family, have donated a lot of money to a variety of schools around the States – the only ones I know of are on the east coast – but I could be wrong and it might reach out to some greater extent.

#14 Comment By Jeff Zeeman On May 12, 2004 @ 4:27 pm

Another potential source of info on Williams alums of notes can be found by scanning the list of bicenntenial medal winners:


Among those who are candidates for “famous” or prominent listings, I’d say Richard Helms (what’s up with all the eph and jeff CIA directors, by the way?), Martha Coakley, Dominick Dunne, Laine Faison, and Martha Williamson all are good candidates.

#15 Comment By David Kane On May 12, 2004 @ 4:52 pm

Williams (like Amherst and other similar schools) has historically had a stronger-than-you-might expect connection to both the CIA and the Marine Corps.

At least, that’s my understanding. It would be tough to get the necessary data to show this . . .

#16 Comment By Noah Smith-Drelich ’07 On May 12, 2004 @ 11:07 pm

Sorry if these were already on the website:

Steven Sondheim, Steve Case (or jobs, I get the two mixed up), Prez Garfield, and some congressmen I can’t think of. Additionally there were some governors I believe and at least a couple mayors of major cities.

If you look at museum curators or prominent art historians, it feels like over half of them went to Williams. Peggy Diggs (a famous artist) currently teaches at Williams.

#17 Comment By Darby Jack ’97 On May 13, 2004 @ 10:06 am

Robert F. Engle III–2003 nobel in economics (for time series econometrics).