James Kindahl, former Economics head; at 71
By Sarah R. Buchholz,
James K. Kindahl, 71, of Pelham, a retired professor
of Economics and former head of the department, died Jan. 15 at
the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.
He served the University for 31 years before retiring in 1998.
He had taught previously at Johns Hopkins University
in Baltimore, the University of Chicago, the University of Georgia's
Camp Gordon Center, and at Amherst College. At Amherst, he also
had been chair of the economics department. One year after arriving
in the department in 1967 as a visiting associate professor, he
was made full professor and head of the department, a position
in which he served for three years. He served on the Economics
personnel committee on and off for a decade and consulted for
businesses and institutes in the region. Early in his career,
he had done market research for a Chicago firm.
The author or co-author of several books, including
"The Behavior of Industrial Prices," which he wrote
with George J. Stigler, he specialized in travel and tourism,
particularly that in Massachusetts, intra- and international pricing
issues, regional input-output analysis, and other areas of applied,
usually micro-, economics.
He spent a year as a guest associate at the University
of Oslo in Norway.
A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Literature,
he served as an editorial referee of the American Economic Review,
the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics,
and the Western Economic Journal.
He held a bachelor's degree, a master's of business
administration and a doctorate in Economics, all from the University
of Chicago. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma.
He leaves his wife of 45 years, Connie Kindahl;
a son, Kelvin of Easthampton; a daughter, Carolyn of Florence;
a sister; and a granddaughter.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Parkinson's Disease
Foundation, 710 West 168th St., New York, NY 10032-9982.
Former graduate recruiter, Judith Toyama;
By Sarah R. Buchholz, Chronicle
Judith S. Toyama, 56, former assistant dean of
the Graduate School and director of the Office of Minority Graduate
Student Recruitment and Retention, was found dead at her home
in Lubbock, Texas, Jan. 13.
She served the University for 24 years before becoming
assistant dean of the graduate school at Texas Tech University
in 1999, where she specialized in admissions and recruitment until
resigning in May 2002.
At UMass, she also had been an assistant professor
of Sport Studies and a special assistant to the vice chancellor
for Research and the Graduate School dean and was highly active
on councils and committees all over campus, including a stint
as the representative of the campus's professional staff organization,
PAUMA, to the Faculty Senate. Co-chair of the Affirmative Action
Advisory Board and a member of the board of directors of the Commission
for the Collegiate Education of Black and Other Minority Students,
she also worked on the Civility Commission, the Human Relations
Council, the Graduate Council, the New WORLD Theater Advisory
Board and other campus groups.
Nationally recognized as an expert in graduate school
recruitment and retention, she served as dean-in-residence at
the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington DC for a year in
She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Lambda
Theta, and she held a bachelor's degree in physical education
from the University of Southern California, a master's degree
in sociology of sport from the University of Wisconsin, Madison,
and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Waterloo
She helped to found the Asian and Asian-American
Women's Network of Amherst.
She enjoyed watching sports, swimming, playing tennis,
cooking, sewing and knitting.
She leaves her mother, Ruth Toyama of Los Angeles;
and a brother, Peter, also of Los Angeles.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Judith S. Toyama
Scholarship Fund, Office of Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention,
The Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Amherst 01003.
Retired head janitor Valmore G. Guimond
Valmore G. Guimond Sr., 81, of Ware, a retired
head janitor in Housing, died Jan. 11 in St. Vincent's Hospital
He served the University for 14 and a half
years before retiring in 1986.
Also a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, prior to his
work in Housing, he worked for many years at the former Ware Shoe
His wife, Bertha "Betty" Guimond, died in July.
He leaves three sons, Richard, a supervisor
of janitors in Housing Services, and Jerry, both of Ware, and
Michael of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; five daughters, Gloria Domey,
Michelle Jacques and Barbara, all of Ware, Sister Betty Ann Guimond
of the Sisters of St. Anne in Wayland and Susan Szkutak of Fort
Ann, N.Y.; two sisters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A son, Donald, died earlier.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary's School,
South and Charles Streets, Ware 01082, or to Mary Lane Adult Care,
40 Chestnut St., Ware 01082.