Citation on the occasion of being named an emeritus professor, 6/4/2006:

Few people have shaped an academic department to the degree that you have shaped yours. A love of mathematics, logic, and linguistics, combined with an addiction for gizmos of all kinds, fueled your migration from mathematics to the emerging field of computer science. You conceived our Computer Science department, appointed all its members, led it as chair, and inspired it through your own example as a highly respected teacher, a researcher supported by the National Science Foundation, and a citizen of the broader College whose unofficial role as an articulate and principled gadfly to successive administrations has resulted in positive change throughout Williams. Your students have gone on to become faculty at the finest Computer Science departments in the country. You have helped to lead national discussions of curricular development that have shaped course offerings throughout higher education. It's no wonder that the field's main professional association gave you its highest award for "Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education," since in a way you are the father of not just one department but many.

I hereby declare you Frederick Latimer Wells Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus, entitled to all the rights, honors, and privileges appertaining thereto.