Friends of George Richason Invited to Informal Gathering in his Memory

George R. Richason Jr.

Friends of the late George Richason will gather On Saturday, June 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Amherst Golf Club to swap stories and reminisce. All friends of George are invited to meet where he spent many a Saturday watching over the First Tee with a hat and stogie.

There will be free barbecue and a cash bar.

Richason, who died in April at age 99, was an alumnus and professor emeritus of chemistry whose nearly 70-year career was intricately intertwined with the development of UMass Amherst as a modern research institution.

In 1947, he joined the chemistry faculty as an assistant professor. From 1950 to his retirement in 1976, he directed the general chemistry program. In 1962, he was the second recipient of the campus’ highest classroom honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

By tradition, the most senior faculty recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award carries the university mace at commencement ceremonies. Richason carried the mace for 45 consecutive years.