Bombs away!

One of many of Tom Bell’s many accomplishments while at Williams (more to come)

Thanks to Bill Shapiro for providing this one:

The tossing of water balloons from the Gladden House roof was made possible by Tom’s discovery of a rooftop entrance hatch in a fifth floor broom closet. Tom removed a small padlock intended to bar unauthorized access, and a group of us clambered up to enjoy the splendid view, and to lob a few water balloons in the direction of unsuspecting classmates passing below. Several trips were made to the roof in the following weeks, with Tom always finding ways to remove the ever larger replacement locks installed on the entrance hatch. (Many years later, Bob Bendick, Jeff Stiefler, Bob Groban, Randy Dygert, Jeff Brinn, Bob Stanton and I requested and were kindly granted permission from the College to return to the Gladden House roof and scatter some of Tom’s ashes on the grounds of the school he loved so well). 

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  • With permission, on site oxygen and medics, climbing assistance, and perhaps help filling water balloons, we could recreate this experience at Reunion. Tom left Williams for Wisconsin Law, where he came to his senses, graduated with distinction and went on to a great career. Of current interest, his first job was as staff counsel for the Watergate committee, where he shared an office with Hilary Clinton. She called to offer condolences to Gretchen on the night of Tom’s funeral. I keep in touch with his sister, Christie, and her husband Tom Vilsack, current Secretary of Agriculture.

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