January 24th, 1935
The Steamship Mohawk disaster claims the lives of Prof. Herdman Cleland and three seniors bound to the Yucatan for a geological expedition.
The sinking of the Mohawk off the coast of New Jersey claimed the lives of Prof. Cleland, and students William Dwight Symmes, Lloyd Houghton Crowfoot, and Julius Palmer. Three Williams students survived this traumatic event. One year and one day later, the Symmes Gate was presented to the college by the parents of William Symmes in honor of those who lost their lives.