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Staying at Williams for a Looong Time

The New York Times had a recent article about colleges offering on-campus burial plots for alumni. The article, “Colleges Offering Campuses as Final Resting Places,” notes, “In an era when many people are highly mobile and do not settle in one place for long, a college can have a strong allure as a final resting place.”

I believe Williams used to offer such a service to alumni, but since the burial ground is filling up (it’s next to Mission Park, and it’s a great place for snagging some rays in late Spring), it’s now only available to faculty.

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#1 Comment By frank uible On May 22, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

And next to the plots the College could sell slices of vein clogging pizza and purple T-shirts trimmed in black and announcing “I’m with Williams College to the bitter end”.

#2 Comment By Anonymous On May 22, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

…till Sun and mountains never more shall be.

#3 Comment By LSU On May 23, 2007 @ 12:32 am

What about having one’s ashes sprinkled over Weston Field? A bit macabre, but it would be fitting in a number of cases…..

#4 Comment By Anon ’89er On May 23, 2007 @ 7:24 am

A fraternity brother of my father is buried there. My father asked that at the occasional rugby beer practice I should go and pour out a glassful by the headstone.

In any case, any burial plots will only last until the next glaciation, when everything will be scraped about and redeposited on Long Island. Fire Island, here I come!

#5 Comment By frank uible On May 23, 2007 @ 9:27 am

Some decedents might prefer to have their ashes sprinkled in Dodd House where the bar was when it was the Williams Inn.

#6 Comment By LSU On May 24, 2007 @ 12:38 am

A compromise of 1/2 ashes on Weston Field amd 1/2 in Dodd House…or better yet why not have Eddie Rickenbacker fly over Williamstown and sprinkle the ashes from his biplane?