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Dennis Hanno, former associate professor of accounting and associate dean for undergraduate matters in the Isenberg School of Management, has been named president of Wheaton College in Norton. Currently provost and senior vice president at Babson College in Wellesley, he will take office as...
Barbara Jean (Hunt) Frost, 79, of Pelham, a retired electronic data processing operator I in the Registrar’s Office, died Feb. 20 at home. Born in Ware, she spent her early years growing up in the town of Enfield, and moved to Pelham in 1938, when the state flooded the Swift River Valley to...
Lisa Wexler, associate professor of community health education, attended a two-day suicide prevention summit held Jan. 9-11 in Anchorage, Alaska. Hosted by the Alaska Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, along with the Division of Behavioral Health, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Alaska...
Lewis Yablonsky, 89, a former associate professor of sociology who later gained national prominence as sociologist, criminologist and author, died Jan. 29 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. Yablonsky taught sociology from 1958-61 before accepting a position at the University of California, Los...
Horace Jackson “Jack” Littlefield, Jr., 86, of Belchertown, retired director of facilities planning, died Feb. 2. He worked at General Electric for 16 years before joining the university staff in 1964. After retiring in 1990, he took a position with the UMass Building Authority, where...
Shelly Peyton, assistant professor of chemical engineering, gave the keynote address during the 7th Northeast Alliance Science Day on Feb. 13 at the  Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayagüez. Organized by Sandra Petersen, executive director of the STEM Diversity Institute and professor of...
Dennis L. Rivard, 71, of Greenfield, formerly of Haydenville, a retired maintenance foreman at Physical Plant, died Feb. 13 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Born in Westfield, he grew up in Northampton and was a graduate of Smith Vocational High School. He spent four years in the Air...
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has chosen professor Lyle Craker of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture to receive its Herbal Insight Award. The award, which will be presented March 6 during the AHPA’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif., recognizes Craker’s “...
Mitchell E. “Mitch” Kowalski, 76, of Northampton, a former departmental assistant in the meal plan office at Dining Services, died Feb. 14 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Northampton, he graduated from Smith Vocational High School in 1955. A U.S. Army...
Sona (Kim) Dolan, 60, of Belchertown, a senior research fellow in civil and environmental engineering, died Feb. 16 at home. Born in Pusan, South Korea, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Pusan National Fisheries University, and her doctoral degree from Clark...

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