With a demographic shift prompting an unprecedented number of faculty retirements, alumni answered the call to submit messages of gratitude and appreciation to their former professors.

We all know how Williams professors change students’ lives every day. Through their teaching, of course, but also by freely offering advice, guidance, encouragement, praise and comfort. They inspire and challenge, lecture and listen. Their lessons reach far beyond the syllabus.

So it's no surprise nearly 1,500 alumni reached out to honor their former professors when they learned of their retirements. Their responses were compiled into 37 keepsake Memory Books, a cherished gift for each professor and a physical record of the imprint Williams faculty have made on generations of students.