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Benjamin Ricci, 82, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Exercise Science and a crusader for the rights of the mentally retarded, died Jan. 21 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following a lengthy illness.

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History professor Mary C. Wilson is teaching this academic year at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon as the first holder of the school''s Alfred H. Howell Visiting Professorship in History and Archaeology.

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Brett Genny Beemyn of Ohio State University has been named the new director of the Stonewall Center, the campus''s lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender resource center.

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William Footrick, 96, former track and field coach and associate professor of Physical Education, died Jan. 1 at his home in Gardner following an illness.

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Harold E. Sears, 87, formerly of Montague Center, who worked at the campus barbershop for many years, died Dec. 17 at the Buckley Health Care Center in Greenfield.

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Sheila M. Leonard, 70, of Hatfield, a retired foreman with Housing Services, died Jan. 1 at her daughter’s home in Whately.

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Wayne H. Johnson, 80, of Athol, a retired computer programmer with the Research Computing Center, died unexpectedly on Dec. 31 at Athol Memorial Hospital.

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Clarence W. Powers, 87, of Amherst, a retired storekeeper in the Chemistry Department, died Jan. 2 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Edward T. Bergeron, 71, of Greenfield, a retired technical specialist I at Physical Plant, died Dec. 29 at home after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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Henry B. Peirce, 80, of Amherst, a retired assistant professor of Communication Disorders, died Dec. 28 at his daughter’s home in Hatfield.

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