Humble Beginnings

An essay by President Emeritus John Chandler (“From Humble Beginnings,” spring 2017) tells the astonishing story of his personal journey. I hope all readers will appreciate it. Alongside the remarks from President Adam Falk about the college’s extraordinary commitment to financial aid (“Lifting Us Up”), I am even prouder to be an Eph.

—BOB RECKMAN ’70, NORTHAMPTON, MASS.


I wish I had known more about President Chandler’s early childhood when he was our Chi Psi faculty advisor. His childhood experiences must have given him the ability to see what the future could be, prepare himself for that future and bring others along with him. Those of us who were on the opposite side of the “fraternity issue” admired and respected Professor Chandler and do so to this day. His vision was the right one for Williams. The college and its students are blessed to have him.

—JAMES BLACK ’62, MIAMI, FLA.