SPHHS extends sympathies to families following fatal crash in Haiti

Jul 23 2013

Three members of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences’ extended family are being remembered in the wake of a fatal car crash in Haiti on July 10 that also left three others injured. The group was on the way to the airport when its minivan was hit by a truck.

Diane Mundt, who received her Ph.D. in epidemiology in 1990 in the SPHHS, was killed in the accident along with Amanda Mundt, 22, of Amherst, and Meagan Bell, 28, of Belchertown, a former volunteer in the Department of Communication Disorders’ Center for Language, Speech, and Hearing.

Injured in the crash were Bell’s father, David, and Amanda’s father and Diane’s brother, Kenneth Mundt, who earned his Master of Science in epidemiology in 1986 in the SPHHS, where he once taught and currently chairs the school’s advisory board. They have since returned to the U.S.

“Our hearts go out to the Mundt and Bell families during this difficult time,” said SPHHS’ Dean C. Marjorie Aelion. “All of us in the school extend our deepest sympathies to the Mundt and Bell families as we remember Diane, Amanda and Meagan, their love of life, and their efforts to improve the lives of others.”