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Robert A. Desforges, 97, of Ware, a retired painter in the Physical Plant, died Dec. 26. Born in Ware on Aug. 12, 1921, he was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He served with the First Marine Division and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. He joined UMass Amherst in 1967...
Gary Aho
Gary Aho, 83, of Amherst, professor emeritus of English, died Jan. 13. Born in Portland, Oregon, May 27, 1935, he lived for periods of his childhood with various aunts and uncles throughout Oregon after his father was killed in a logging accident in 1937. After graduating from Roosevelt High...
Kathryn Accurso
Kathryn Accurso, a doctoral student in the College of Education, has been named one of 100 national recipients of the “Love of Learning Award” by Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Accurso is one of 100...
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The journalism department is releasing a weekly series of 16 "Alumni Spotlight" profiles written by students during the fall semester’s writing for public relations course. The series kicked off Jan. 14 with a profile of Dan Lamothe, a former columnist and managing editor at the...
Anna Nagurney
Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School of Management, recently spoke at two events in Chile as part of VIII Congreso Futuro, which is considered the most important free and open-access scientific forum in Latin America. “It is very...
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Two students and an alumnus of the music and dance department received major recognition from the Jazz Education Network, the nation's most prestigious jazz education organization, during its 2019 conference Jan. 9-12 in Reno, Nevada.  Rashaad Greene, a percussionist/drummer pursuing a...
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Students in the School of Public Policy (SPP) were featured in a special episode of the BBC World Service radio program “My Perfect Country.” The program examines successful public policies from around the globe, with the conceit of identifying the best policies to bring together to...
Kathleen Picotte
Kathleen T. “Kitty” Picotte, 79, of Richmond, New Hampshire, a former licensed practical nurse with University Health Services, died Dec. 12. Born Oct. 3, 1939 in Northampton, she grew up in Amherst and was a 1957 graduate of Amherst Regional High School. She graduated from Western...
Rebecca Lorimer Leonard
Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, associate professor of English, has received a 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) for her book, “Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy.” The award honors books within the field...
Doris Stockton
Doris Grove (Skillman) Stockton, 94, of Belchertown, professor emerita of mathematics, died Dec. 13. Born Feb. 9, 1924 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, she answered the call for women to study the sciences during World War II. She received her undergraduate degree from Douglas College of Rutgers in...

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