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Julie Brigham-Grette
Geosciences professor Julie Brigham-Grette, last month gave an invited lecture, “Tracing Arctic Climate Evolution: From a Forested Arctic to the Present,” as part of the Eduard Suess Lectures at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.  In her Jan. 21 talk, Brigham-Grette...
Patty Freedson
Patty Freedson, professor and chair of the kinesiology department, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) held Feb. 12-14 in Jacksonville, Fla. Freedson, who is an expert in measurement of physical activity...
Francis R. Smith, 92, of Whately, a retired mail clerk II in Mail Services, died Feb. 12 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Born in Whately, he was educated in Whately schools and graduated from Deerfield High School in 1939. In early years he worked on the family farm and later General...
Jim Coopee
James H. Coopee, 72, of Amherst, alumnus and retired personnel administrator and associate director of human resources, died Feb. 12 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Born in Holyoke, he grew up in Easthampton and graduated in 1959 as valedictorian from Easthampton High School. He attended the UMass...
Ronald R. Vanasse, 74, of Hadley, a retired carpenter with Alterations and Physical Plant, died Feb. 9 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Born in Northampton, he grew up in Hadley and graduated from Hopkins Academy in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-65. A carpenter by...
Sabra MacLeod
Sabra Rogers MacLeod, 90, formerly of Amherst, retired assistant professor in Spanish and Portuguese, died Feb. 5, in Leeds. Born in Springfield, she grew up in Amherst, and attended Amherst schools, where she graduated as valedictorian in 1942. She received her bachelor’s, magna cum laude,...
Fran O’Leary
Fran O’Leary, who has experience at multiple levels of collegiate soccer and has spent time coaching at the professional level, has been named head coach of the men’s soccer team. O’Leary has 17 winning campaigns and 234 career victories in 24 years as a college head coach, while...
Ayano Kataoka (Aestheticize Media photo)
Percussionist Ayano Kataoka of the music and dance department faculty performed Feb. 3 with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in what the New York Times called “one of the society’s most imaginative lineups.” “During a...
Keith Rayner
Keith Rayner, 71, of La Jolla, Calif., Distinguished Professor emeritus in psychology, died Jan. 21 of multiple myeloma in San Diego. Born in Dover, England, his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and settled in Salt Lake City. He attended the University of Utah, where he received his B.S. and...
Genny Beemyn
Stonewall Center director Genny Beemyn received the Award for Research and Assessment from the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals on Feb. 5 during the Creating Change Conference in Denver. The award recognizes exceptional work brought to the profession and to the greater...

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