Amherst College mourns the passing of Spencer Williams ’24 in January 2024.

Chief Student Affairs Officer and Dean of Students Angie Tissi-Gassoway wrote the following in a Jan. 24 email to the campus community:

... Spencer Williams '24 passed away this week after a challenging and heartbreaking battle with brain cancer. I had the honor to work with Spencer as his mentor in the Trans Connection Project, witnessing firsthand his passion, dedication, and positive impact on the community. His memory will forever remain an inspiration, and his absence will resonate deeply among all who were privileged to know him. On behalf of President Elliott, myself, and all who knew Spencer, I offer my deepest condolences to Spencer’s family, friends, and loved ones.

Spencer had a profound impact as a member of the Amherst community while he was here on campus from Fall 2020 to Fall 2021, and he remained closely connected to many of us during his time away while engaged in medical care since Fall 2021. At Amherst, Spencer made contributions to The Amherst Student, The Indicator, the Trans Connection Project, the Chinese Student Association, and as a Community Advisor to the Asian Culture House. His professors and mentors describe him as brilliant, sweet, and courageous. ...

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