William Komm '75

Class of 2010


It has been said that the truly great athletes have tremendous success both as individuals and as part of teams. Track and Field’s William Komm certainly adds truth to that belief.

He made his presence felt from day one, placing third on the 1972 team that was 8-3 with a total of 34 dual-meet points. Komm continued to contribute and as a sophomore tallied 41 points, ranking himself second on a squad that finished 9-3. It was that spring that he set his first school record, heaving the javelin 204-11.

“Bill was a sure bet to win the javelin and to place in the hammer throw,” noted Hall of Famer and head coach Merl Norcross. “It was nice knowing that we had points coming to us just by entering him in the events.”

Komm saw his point total rise to 56 during his junior season of 1974. The Engineers continued to enjoy success as a team, posting an 11-2 mark in dual meets, while he broke his own school record in the javelin with a toss of 210-6.

His senior season of 1975 was a magical year for the Crimson and Gray. WPI recorded its first-ever undefeated, untied track and field record, emerging victorious in all 12 dual meets. Komm amassed 58 points, good enough for a second squad loaded with talent.

“With Bill and other greats like Hall of Famers Robert Donle and Alan Briggs, it’s no wonder we had such a great season,” commented Norcross. “We used to call him Silent Bill—he walked quietly, but carried a big stick: the javelin.”

“Bill was a silent leader, who worked very hard and led by example,” said Briggs. “He was an overachiever.”

Komm graduated from WPI in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and from the University of Connecticut in 1977 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

He is currently employed by the Raytheon Company as an electrical engineer. Bill and his wife, Mary Pat, live in Portsmouth, R.I., with their children, Amy and Andrew.