AMHERST, Mass - Dedication of a newly constructed sitting garden in honor of Stevenson W. Fletcher III will take place Sat. Oct. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Massachusetts. Fletcher, a University alumnus, was a long-time faculty member and the former head of the department of hotel, restaurant and travel administration (HRTA) at UMass. He died in 1995 at the age of 58.
The Fletcher garden is located at the north end of the campus, between Stockbridge Hall and Flint Lab. A reception will immediately follow the dedication ceremony. Fletcher joined the University in 1968, and taught in both the departments of food and agricultural engineering and HRTA. He was head of HRTA from 1973-90, overseeing the department''s growth and rise to prominence as one of the top five hospitality programs in the country.
Fletcher also served as acting dean of the College of Food and Natural Resources, and participated in numerous campus committees. He was a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the American Hotel and Motel Association, the National Restaurant Association and the Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education. A resident of Amherst, Fletcher was also active in town government. He received his Ph.D. in food and agricultural engineering from the University in 1970, and earned both his bachelor''s and master''s degrees from Pennsylvania State University.
The Fletcher garden was designed and planted by students of the Stockbridge School under the direction of faculty member Michael Davidsohn of the department of landscape architecture and regional planning. Site preparation work was completed by the grounds management department, and Daniel Pepin of the department of natural resources conservation supervised construction of the garden''s benches.