To the Williams Community,

I am saddened to report the death yesterday of one of the college’s most colorful figures, former basketball coach Al Shaw, at the age of 101.

Al earned induction into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame for his career here, which ran from 1949 to 1973. Before college athletics were separated into divisions, his 1955 team made the NCAA tournament, playing Canisius College in Madison Square Garden. Our basketball offices were long ago named in his honor.

He also helped coach football, baseball, and lacrosse here and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

For decades after retiring, he regularly trolled college offices for specimens to add to his expansive stamp collection. Until very recently, only a fool would challenge him to a game of H-O-R-S-E, so deadly was his nonagenarian two-hand set shot.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marion, and son, John. We will relay information about a memorial service when it is known.

Regards,
Bill Wagner
Interim President

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