People

William Byron Brooks, 68, a former chemist in the Water Resources Research Center, died Oct. 29 at home in Cummington. Born in 1946, he graduated from Williamsburg High School. After serving four years of active duty in the Coast Guard, he earned an associate's degree from Holyoke Community...
David McLaughlin
David McLaughlin, College of Engineering associate dean for student affairs and administration, was a featured speaker Oct. 22 at a National Science Foundation (NSF) Capitol Hill event in Washington, D.C., to celebrate 30 years of knowledge, innovation and technology research created by the NSF...
Margaret Riley in Beijing
Evolutionary biologist Margaret Riley and several colleagues spoke at a scientific meeting, the “International Conference on the Pheromonicin Drug Platform,” held in Beijing Oct. 19­–22, about the science behind pheromonicins, a new family of drugs based upon the bacteriocin...
Edward F. Koch, 75, of Southampton, a former metal worker, died Oct. 31. Born in Holyoke, he was a 1958 graduate of Holyoke Trade School. A professional welder, he was a metal worker in the physical plant from 1970 to 1973. He later owned and operated the former K's Outdoor Power Equipment...
Walter Scott Aldrich, 91, of Sunderland, a former power plant engineer, died Nov. 1. Born in 1924 in Pelham, he attended Amherst regional schools and left high school to enlist in the Navy, serving aboard the submarine USS Sea Fox. He and his brother Ray founded Aldrich Auto Supply in Amherst in...
Arthur Quinton
Arthur Robert Quinton, 91, professor emeritus of physics, died Oct. 26 at home in Amherst. Born in 1924 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, he attended Queen Mary College, London University during World War II which had been moved to Cambridge to avoid the Blitz. After graduation he became a radar...
Margery Coombs
At the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s (SVP) 75th annual meeting in October in Dallas, professor emeritus Margery Coombs, biology, was awarded honorary membership, one of the three major academic career awards given by the society, to recognize her long career of “distinguished...
SPHHS
Organizers and faculty from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) and its department of health promotion and policy gathered Oct. 14 at the State House for the second Marijuana Policy Forum, which drew panelists ranging from lawmakers to medical marijuana executives. The...
Patricia Waryasz
Patricia (Allis) Waryasz, 90, of Goffstown, N.H., a retired clerk, died Oct. 17 at Hillsborough County Nursing Home. Born in Tunbridge, Vt., in 1925, she was a graduate of Turners Falls High School. She was a secretary in the registrar's and bursar's offices for 20 years, retiring as a...
Robert Cundiff
Robert (Bob) Wesley Cundiff, 73, a retired custodian, died at home in Holyoke on Oct. 26. Born in Holyoke in 1942, he was a graduate of Holyoke High School. He worked as a custodian at UMass Amherst for 10 years, retiring as a Maintainer I in the Physical Plant in 2007. He was predeceased by his...

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