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Clara (Toczydlowski) Shea, 81, of Hatfield, retired assistant cook in the Whitmore Snack Bar, died Sept. 27 morning at home.

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Afro-American Studies professor and harmonica player Steve Tracy and members of The King Bees will perform blue favorites at the Augusta Savage Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

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Robert Gao, professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Electromechanical Systems Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

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Bruce MacCombie, professor of composition in the Department of Music and Dance and former associate dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Music Lives Foundation.

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Albert M. Stanley, 93, of Hadley, a former lab assistant in Veterinary Science, died Sept. 22 in the SunBridge of Hadley Nursing Home.

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Albina (Bea) Soltys Newton, 88, of Hadley, a retired cleaning service matron at University Health Services, died Sept. 21.

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D. Dina Friedman, who teaches in the Business Communication Program, is the author of a new book, "Playing Dad''s Song," published last month by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

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Librarian Marilyn Billings was elected chair of the Faculty Senate’s Rules Committee on Sept. 21.

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Beatrice M. (Makin) Dupuis, 84, of Turners Falls, a retired institutional domestic aide in the Campus Center, died Sept.17 at home.

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Samuel B. Stoler, 42, of Sunderland, alumnus and research associate in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, died Sept. 18.

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