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Ashoke Ganguli, director of Auxiliary Services, received the Pinnacle Award from the (OS1) Users Group Aug. 18 in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to the cleaning industry and the (OS1) program.”

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Computer Science professor Eliot Moss shared an award for the most influential paper at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture held June 21-25 in Beijing.

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Richard D. Kolosewicz, 68, of Belchertown, a retired technical specialist with the Physical Plant’s Plumbing Shop, died Aug. 11 of cancer.

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The DEFA Film Library this summer is hosting its first visiting scholar from Austria, according to director Barton Byg, professor in German and Scandinavian Studies.

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Lester F. Whitney, 80, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Plant and Soil Sciences, died July 31 after a prolonged stay at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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Norma Jean (Poynter) Holhut, 72, of Hatfield, a retired cook I with Auxiliary Services, died Aug. 3 at Sunbridge Care of Hadley.

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Gail M. Liquornik Topor, 69, of Ware, a retired nursing assistant I at University Health Services, died Aug. 3 at home.

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Sidney J. Lyford Jr., 71, of Sunderland, professor emeritus of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, died unexpectedly on July 27 in Falmouth.

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Susan L. Cumberledge, 52, of Belchertown, associate professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, died July 28 after a long battle with cancer.

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Vaga S. Sullivan, 96, of Columbia, S.C. and formerly of Hadley, a retired institutional domestic aide in the dining commons, died July 23.

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