Thomas S. Williams Chair
The Thomas S. Williams Chair was established in 1992 by the bequest of Henry S. Williams ’44, in honor of his brother Thomas S. Williams ’45. Since 2007, Katharine Leggat has held this Chair.
Katharine Leggat joined Groton after teaching at Northfield Mt. Hermon School from 1980-83. Her first job after graduating from college in 1978 was teaching in a tutorial school at Waterville Valley, a stint primarily intended to support her skiing “habit.” At Dartmouth College, Kathy majored in geography and played field hockey and ice hockey, a team she helped start her first year there.
Like many faculty at Groton, Kathy has worn numerous hats over the years: full-time mathematics teacher, dean of students, acting assistant head, dorm head, coach of varsity field hockey and girls ice hockey. She is currently the academic dean, teaches in the mathematics department, is a field hockey assistant coach, a dorm affiliate in the Lower School, and holds the Thomas S. Williams Chair.
When the School gives her time off, Kathy gardens, skis, reads, and spends time on the water. She lives on campus with her husband, fellow mathematician Jonathan Choate.