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James. E. “Corky” McGrath, 74, of Hatfield, a retired maintainer II with Housing Services, died Aug. 28 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital after a long illness.

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Mary Ann Bright, associate professor emeritus of Nursing, recently received the Distinguished Practice award from the Western Massachusetts Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Association.

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Veteran Massachusetts 4-H leader Sherrie Leed Guyott of Franklin has been appointed director of the 100-year-old youth program by UMass Extension interim director Robert Schrader.

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Jason Yellin has joined the Athletic Department as assistant athletic director for Media Relations.

Yellin comes to UMass after spending the past six years at the University of Maryland, serving most recently as the associate media relations director.

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David M. Mednicoff, assistant professor of Legal Studies, is one of four educators to earn a national award for innovative methods of teaching about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City, the Pentagon, and in western Pennsylvania.

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Bob Paquette, director of News and Information Programming for WFCR-FM, , was awarded a first-place prize by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) for his 2003 interview with a mob enforcer for James "Whitey" Bulger. The prize was awarded during PRNDI''s July 31 awards banquet in Washington, D.C.

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John Marshall Clark, professor of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, received the American Chemical Society’s International Award for Research in Agrochemicals on Aug. 23 during the organization’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.

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Lacrosse All-American Tracey Drown may have graduated in May, but she’s sticking with the team as assistant coach.

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Dorothy R. O''Connor, 86, of Holyoke, a retired administrative assistant in Telecommunications, died Aug. 19.

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Emily M. Larkin, 98, of Pittsfield, retired head clerk in the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office, died Aug. 14 at home.

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