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Lawrence E. Meunier, 62, of Deerfield, a retired carpenter I at Physical Plant, died Nov. 13 at the Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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Dean Allen, 79, of Amherst, retired principal psychologist at University Health Services, died Nov. 1 at home.

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Kelly Aiken of Hadley has been named the first director of Outreach Workforce Development.

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Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American Studies and History, has been awarded a research fellowship in American history by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Barton Byg, professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, has been chosen as one of six Five College 40th Anniversary Professors to mark the founding of the education consortium in 1965.

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Walter Melnick, 85, of Huntington, formerly of Amherst, alumnus and retired Cooperative Extension administrator, died Oct. 30 at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.

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Kenneth M. Rewa, 60, of South Deerfield, a retired accountant in the Controller’s Office, died Oct. 31 at home.

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Christine (Field) Purinton, 86, of Buckland, a retired junior library assistant, died Oct. 31at Newham Hospital, London, England.

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Sarah F. Poissant, assistant professor of Communication Disorders, has been awarded a two-year, $156,792 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to study the effects of noisy environments on the ability of cochlear implant users to understand speech.

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Thom Hannum, associate director of the Minuteman Marching Band and percussion instructor, was honored Oct. 15 for his 25 years of commitment to the band and his involvement in improving its nationally recognized percussion program.

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