The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVII, Issue 36
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
June 14, 2002

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Leo F. Redfern

Leo F. Redfern

Former campus leader Leo Redfern, 78, perishes in Maine auto accident

Leo F. Redfern, 78, of Bowdoinham, Maine, former dean of Administration and former president of Keene State College, died May 31 in a Maine automobile accident.

He served the University for nearly eight years before taking on the Keene State presidency in 1969, where he served 10 years.

He also worked for the American Council on Education and the Ford Foundation and taught at the universities of Wisconsin and New Hampshire.
Initially hired as director of the Office of Institutional Studies, he served as acting secretary of the University in 1963 and then filled the newly created dean of Administration position in 1964. As dean he coordinated high-level projects, represented the president, and coordinated relations with state and federal programs. He also directed the UMass Labor Relations and Research Center and served as official liaison to the New England Center of Continuing Education, the Massachusetts Higher Education Facilities Commission, and the state's Board of Higher Education.

In 1964 he chaired the task force that developed the UMass Boston campus.

He returned to campus in 1982 to receive the Outstanding Service Award from the Professional Association of UMass Amherst in recognition of his leadership in establishing the first personnel policy rules for professional staff approved by the Board of Trustees.

A three-year veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he later served as a captain in the U.S. Air Reserves.

He held an AB and an MA from the University of New Hampshire and an MPA and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

The editor of "The Town Clerk in New Hampshire," his academic interests included university-government relations and the education and training of public officials.

He was a member of the American Association of University Professors and the American Society for Public Administration, among other organizations.

In 1996 Keene State College named the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond in his honor.

His wife of 45 years, Edmonde Redfern, died earlier.

He leaves a son, Charles of Keene, N.H.; a daughter, Laurie Redfern Smith of Nelson, N.H.; and three grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Richmond American Legion, P.O. Box 132, Richmond ME 04357 or the Keene State College Endowment Association, Attn. Judy Kalich, 229 Main St. Keene NH 03435-2701.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. June 22 at Kincer Funeral Home in Richmond, Maine.

William E. McEwen

William E. McEwen

William McEwen, former Chemistry head, Commonwealth professor, dies at 80

William E. McEwen, 80, of Amherst, Commonwealth Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and longtime head of the department, died May 24 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

He served the University for 38 years before retiring in 1990. Having taught chemistry at the universities of Kansas and Illinois, he came to campus in 1962 as head of Chemistry, a position he occupied for 15 years. He was named Commonwealth Professor in 1977. In 1986 he delivered a Distinguished Faculty Lecture.

He spent a year in the Army at Oak Ridge Laboratories in Tennessee and was a research collaborator at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island and at the Venezuelan Research Institute.

Active in the American Chemical Society, he served on the board of "Journal of Organic Chemistry" and was a member of the board of editors of "Phosphorous and Sulphur." And he chaired the Chemistry Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He co-authored two textbooks and wrote a lab manual, several other books, and more than 150 research papers.

In 1984 he received the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award. The previous year he had been a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he reviewed the chemistry program, making recommendations for improvement and other future action.

He held a bachelor's degree and a doctorate from Columbia University.
After retiring, he directed the International Council on Main Group Chemistry and edited "Heteroatom Chemistry," two projects that he initiated.

He leaves his wife of 20 years, Cathryn McEwen; his former wife, Miriam McEwen of Amherst; two sons, Alfred of Tucson, Ariz., and Robert of Amherst; a daughter, Joan of Little Rock, Ark.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to the William Edwin McEwen Scholarship Fund, Department of Chemistry, 701 Lederle GRT.

Franklin W. Southwick

Franklin W. Southwick

Franklin W. Southwick, retired chair of Plant and Soil Sciences, dies at 85

Franklin W. Southwick, 85, of Amherst, a retired professor of Plant and Soil Sciences and longtime chair of his department, died June 5 in the Center for Extended Care.

He served the University for nearly 43 years before retiring in 1983.

Initially a research professor in Horticulture, he eventually was chair of Horticultural Sciences, which became Plant and Soil Sciences, between 1963 and 1977.

He held a bachelor's degree in Pomology from the University, a master's degree in Horticulture from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in pomology from Cornell University, where he later worked in extension for three years. He also taught and did research at the University of Connecticut for several years.

A specialist in pomology, he published dozens of pieces on orchard management, plant science, botany and horticulture. He participated in developing the use of cold-atmosphere storage for apples.

He was awarded a gold medal and $1,000 in 1965 by the trustees of the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture, and in 1968 he was elected a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

He co-chaired the campus's United Way Campaign and was a member of Sigma Xi.

His wife of 63 years, Rita Southwick, died in October.

He leaves four sons, David of Haydenville, Peter of Amherst, Donald of Leverett and Steven of El Macero, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Amherst Boys & Girls Club, Main Street, Amherst 01002.

Raymond A. Canning

Raymond A. Canning, 61, of Sunderland, a retired dietary I worker in Auxiliary Services, died June 3 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident on Route 116.

He served the University for more than 15 years before retiring in May 2001.

A graduate of Smith Vocational High School, he has worked earlier at the Charles Warner Farm in Sunderland and the former Myers & Mendelson Tobacco Co. in Hatfield.

He leaves his brother, Eugene of Sunderland; an aunt; an uncle and several cousins.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Bromfield St., Boston 02108.

Joseph A. Grybko

Joseph A. Grybko, 88, of Deerfield, a retired maintenance working foreman in Physical Plant, died June 7 in Cozy Corner Nursing Home in Sunderland.
He served the University for more than 14 and a half years before retiring in 1980.

He previously had worked at Shannahan Trucking in Montag-ue, Ralph T. Staab Oil Co. in Amherst and Wolfram Fuel in South Deerfield.
His wife, Susan K. Grybko, died in 1996.

He leaves a son, Robert of South Deerfield; a sister, Julia Wojtkielewicz of South Deerfield; a granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.
A daughter, Jane Seeley, died in 1992.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Deerfield Rescue Vehicle Fund, Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, 01373 or the Sunderland Ambulance Fund, c/o Robert Ahearn, Main Street, Sunderland, 01375.

Felicia Z. Jewett

Felicia Z. Jewett, 93, of Amherst, a retired laboratory assistant in Veterinary and Animal Science, died May 31.

She served the University for 35 years before retiring in 1965. The first 20 years of her tenure were as a senior clerk and stenographer in the same department.

A 1927 graduate of Amherst High School, she lived most of her life in Amherst, having spent a few years in Hadley, Hatfield, and Sunderland.

Her husband, Clarence A. Jewett, seven brothers and two sisters died earlier.

She leaves many nieces and nephews, including Thomas Zimnowski, coordinator of Media Production at Academic Instructional Media Services, and John Benjamin of Sunderland, and Edward Ralicki of Shelburne Falls.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline 02445-7226.

Edna Carrington

Edna R. Carrington, 69, of Hatfield, a retired bacteriologist I in University Health Services, died June 1 at home following a brief illness.

She served the University for nearly 17 years before retiring in 1997.

She leaves her husband of 31 years, Ronald Carrington; a son, Richard J. Jablonski of Amherst; six brothers, Edward J. Murphy and Bernard D. Murphy, both of Northampton, Philip E. Murphy of Easthampton, Carl D. Murphy of Holyoke, Kenneth R. Murphy of Santa Maria, Calif., and George Murphy of Agawam; four sisters, Ruth A. Crafts of Florence, Cynthia M. Tossavanien of Great Barrington, Esther L. Montgomery of Summerville, S.C., and Barbara A. Nolan of Pensacola, Fla.; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Richard F. Murphy and Cornelius Murphy, died earlier.
Memorial gifts may be made to VNA/Hospice Alliance, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton 01060.

Arun V. Ram, Class of '03

Arun V. Ram, 22, of Leverett, a senior studying psychology, biology and law, died June 1 in a car accident in Sunderland.

He was driving a 2002 Saab north on Route 116 when his car struck a tractor-trailer parked in the oncoming breakdown lane.

He leaves his parents, Atma and Gayatri Ram of Watchung, N.J.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

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