Jack Sawyer

What Sawyer Said


When CBS News rolled into Williamstown in February 1964 for an interview with President John E. Sawyer ’39 and University of Texas Chancellor Harry Ransom, the college was on the cusp of a decade of transformation. We asked members of the Williams faculty to lend their voices to the conversation that Sawyer began all those years ago.

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A Defining Decade


A conversation about Jack Sawyer’s Williams presidency with his successor and friend, John Chandler. Introduction and interview by Michael Beschloss ’77. From the Alumni Review, January 2012.

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Biography from Williams Archives


Read a comprehensive biography on Jack Sawyer and his presidency by Professor J. Hodge Markgraf ’52, who concludes, “[Sawyer’s] foremost legacy is this college. His life was splendidly useful.”

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