July 14, 2000

Psychology professor emeritus Dee Appley

Dee G. Appley, 78, of Shelburne, professor emeritus of Psychology, died July 1.

She served the University from 1967 until her retirement in 1980.

She was director of York University's psychological services department, in Toronto, Canada, from 1963 to 1967 and directed training at the University's Counseling Center from 1967 to 1969. She also worked at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Connecticut College for Women, Smith College, and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

She received master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan, having done undergraduate work at the City College of New York and the University of Denver.

Her academic interests included the changing attitudes of women and men toward work and marriage and collaborative models of human organization. She was an associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and of the Journal of the Canadian Association of Student Personnel Services, and she co-authored a book on T-groups and therapy groups.

She served on the board of directors of the Interamerican Society of Psychologists and was president of the Canadian University Counseling Association. A member of the International Coucil of Psychologists and Sigma Xi, she was also a Danforth Associate.

Her many civic roles along Route 2 included serving as a director of the Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield's All Souls Church, the Academy at Charlemont and the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls. She chaired the Shelburne Housing Authority, was president of (Franklin) County Visiting Nurse and Health Services, served on the advisory committee of the Area Council on Aging, and helped found the Greenfield Community Meals Plan.

She had just completed a term as secretary of the Retired Faculty Association.

As a photographer and artist, she showed her work in several area exhibitions. She also acted in and directed amateur theater productions.

Her husband, Samuel Payne, died earlier. She leaves two sons, Richard G. of Worcester and John B. of Oberlin, Ohio; three grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arms Library, Shelburne Falls 01370 or to the Community Meals Program, c/o Social Action Group, All Souls Church, P.O. Box 542, Greenfield 01302.

Former director of Bands Joseph Contino

Joseph Contino, 77, of Indianapolis, a professor emeritus of Music, died June 30.

He served the University for 32 years before retiring in 1983.

Serving in the Army's Glider Artillery from 1942 to 1945, he received a Bronze Star for his efforts during the Battle of the Bulge.

After graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory, he received a master's degree from Columbia Teachers College.

Early in his campus career, he directed the bands, the Drill Team and the instrumental music program.

A member of the faculty woodwind quintet, he also taught clarinet, flute, saxophone and conducting, led ensembles, founded and directed the Youth Orchestra, and administered the Music major advising program.

He worked with other bands in the community, including that of Belchertown High School, and he founded and directed the Amherst Community Band. In 1955 President Jean Paul Mather presented him with a Distinguished Service award.

He leaves three daughters, Lisa Contino Ehrmann and Francesca Contino Levitt, both of Indianapolis, and Adriana Contino of Germany; a son, Frederic L. of Minneapolis; a brother, Charles, of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial mass in Amherst is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, July 16 in St. Brigid's Catholic Church. It will be followed by a reception in the church hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Contino Scholarship Fund, Kinhaven Music School, P.O. Box 68, Weston VT 05161.

Retired cook III Edith L. Wheeler; at 71

Edith L. Wheeler, 71, of West Topsham, Vt., a retired cook III in Auxiliary Services, died July 4.

She served the University for nearly 26 years until her retirement in 1993.

She leaves her husband, Merton H.; two sons, Wendell N. of Greenfield and Joel E. of Springfield; two daughters, Louise M. Richards of Idaho Springs, Colo., and Lauralee A. Wright of Nebane, N.C.; two sisters, Marguerite Day of Waits River, Vt., and Ruth Cunningham of Northampton; three brothers, George Phelps of Brooksville, Fla., Ernest Phelps of Sharon, Vt., and William Phelps of Waits River, Vt.; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses Association-Visiting Nurse Hospice, 46 South Main St., White River Junction VT 05001.