Three Senior People at Williams College Retire

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., June 20, 2006 — Two faculty members, Kim B. Bruce, the Frederick Latimer Wells Professor of Computer Science, and Victor E. Hill IV, the Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics, along with Assistant to the President for Affirmative Action and Government Relations Nancy J. McIntire will retire from Williams College, July 1.

Kim Bruce came to Williams in 1977, where he has been instrumental in the original design and development of the college’s department of computer science. His research interests are programming language design and semantics, including type theory, object-oriented languages and models of higher-order lambda calculus. At Williams, he has taught a broad range of computer science courses. On the national level, Bruce has served as a member of the Liberal Arts Computer Science Consortium, contributing to the design of several computer science curricula designed for liberal arts colleges.

Bruce has also taught at Princeton University, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Stanford University, and the University of Pisa in Pisa, Italy and worked at the Newton Institute at Cambridge University, the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and M.I.T. Bruce is currently the Reuben C. and Eleanor Winslow Professor of Computer Science at Pomona College.

He is recipient of the 2005 Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education and has received awards from the ACM and IEEE Computer societies.

He is the author of the recently published “Java: An Eventful Approach,” written with Williams professors Andrea Danyluk and Tom Murtagh, and of “Foundations of Object-Oriented Languages: Types and Semantics.” He has contributed numerous articles on mathematics, computer science, and computer science in education to a number of books and journals.

Bruce received his B.A. from Pomona College in 1970 and his Ph.D. in mathematical logic and model theory in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Victor Hill joined the Williams College faculty in 1966. Interested in group representation theory and the history of math, he also has taught courses in the mathematics of finance, and mathematical logic. He is the author of “Groups, Representations, and Characters” and “Groups and Characters,” which focus on the group representation theory, an important topic applied in quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, crystallography and many other fields. His book, “Mathematics of Interest Rates and Personal Finance,” is forthcoming. Hill has also written numerous scholarly articles.

He received his B.S. in mathematics from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1961. During his senior year, he also conducted extensive research in theory and composition and in eurhythmics and improvisation, and in addition to his major graduated in music theory and composition. Hill earned his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1962.

An accomplished pianist and harpsichordist, his custom-built harpsichord is designed after the instruments of the greatest Flemish builder of the mid-18th century, Johannes Daniel Dulcken. Hill has played nearly 1,000 concerts throughout Europe and the United States and delivered his multi-media lecture recital, “Mathematical Aspects of the Music of Bach,” throughout the country.

Hill served as the organist-choirmaster of St. John’s Church in Williamstown from 1972-1996. He has also been the archivist for the Association of Anglican Musicians, an international organization of professionals of the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the Church of England. In 1968, Hill founded the Griffin Hall Concerts, which for logistical reasons, have been held at the Clark Art Museum since 1975.

Nancy McIntire came to Williams in 1970 as a member of the dean of the college’s office. She was centrally involved in the planning and implementation of coeducation at Williams, which is widely considered to have been smoother than at comparable institutions.

Since 1983, McIntire has served as assistant to the president for affirmative action and government relations, providing counsel to five Williams presidents and working to improve the Williams experience for students, faculty, and staff from historically under-represented groups.

At last year’s Annual Meeting of the Society of Alumni, she was awarded The Ephraim Williams Medal, which is given on rare occasions to a non-alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional service and loyalty to the college; McIntire more than fits the bill.

She has been a member of a number of academic associations and committees, including the National Association for Women in Education, the Committee of Concerns for Women in New England, the Council for the Support and Advancement of Education, the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Community College, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, among others.

She has been a contributing member of the community, serving on the board of the Community Chest and the Williamstown Elementary School Endowment. She was previously president of the board of directors for the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern Berkshire County and Williamstown, and treasurer for the Greylock chapter of the A Better Chance Program.

Before coming to Williams, McIntire was director of personnel at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 1962 to 1964, and director of financial aid at Radcliffe College from 1965 to 1970.

She received her B.A. in 1962 from the University of New Hampshire and her M.A. in teaching in 1965 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Williams College is consistently ranked one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in this research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment, which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted. Founded in 1793, it is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college is located in Williamstown, Mass. To visit the college on the Internet:


Published June 20, 2006