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John T. Taylor, 75, of Nauvoo, Ala., a former campus police sergeant, died Oct. 20 in Jasper, Ala.

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Albert N. Beausoleil, 83, of Ware, a retired clerk in the Central Mailroom, died Oct. 17 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke after a lengthy illness.

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Regina K. Korpita, 79, of Sunderland, a retired campus telephone operator, died Oct. 19 in the Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland.

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Michael G. Brennan, 68, of Hadley, a former staff assistant at Physical Plant, died Oct. 19 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

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Paul E. Utgoff, professor of Computer Science, died Oct. 11 due to complications from surgery that he elected to undergo as part of his battle against appendiceal cancer. He was 57.

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Robert L. Stern, professor emeritus of Music, is the recipient of an ASCAPLUS Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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Alfreida B. (Flint) Thrasher, 83, of Amherst, a retired administrative assistant I in Human Resources, died Oct. 17 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

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David Ford, associate professor of Chemical Engineering, and a colleague at Johns Hopkins University have received a $542,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate photonic crystals, transistors and nanowires.

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Sara Lennox, director of German and Scandinavian Studies and president of the German Studies Association, presided over the GSA’s 32nd annual conference held Oct. 2-5 in St. Paul, Minn.

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Joseph A. Stryszko, 80, of Northampton, a retired trades worker at Physical Plant, died Oct. 15 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.

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