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Edwin Gere
Edwin A. Gere Jr., 93, of Leverett, professor emeritus of political science and a pilot honored for his service in World War II and the Berlin Airlift, died May 15. Born Nov. 7, 1922, in Elmira, N.Y., he was a student at Alfred University when World War II broke out. He left school to join the...
Katherine Reeves
Katherine Reeves, epidemiology, was recently recognized for best poster at the annual meeting of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO). The ASPO describes itself as a “multi-disciplinary society which is committed to serving as an advocate for cancer prevention and control...
Chancellor's Citation Award recipients

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy recognized 10 student employees, eight staff members and two teams of employees for outstanding contributions to the university at a reception held at the Marriott Center of the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center.

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Gerald Litchfield
Gerald Litchfield, 67, a former technical assistant in plant and soil science and a computer programmer, died May 14. Born in Athol, he was a graduate of Athol High School and earned a master’s degree in agronomy at UMass Amherst. He first worked for UMass Amherst in 1980 as a soil...
Robert R. Wellman
Robert R. Wellman, 83, of Amherst, professor emeritus of the history and philosophy of education and a former university ombudsman, died May 8. Born Jan. 18, 1933, in Lima, Ohio, he grew up in Lima and Brooklyn, Ohio, and graduated as valedictorian from Brooklyn High School. At one time hoping to...
Charles Malek
Charles L. Malek Jr., 58, of Hadley, a 28-year employee of the Physical Plant, died May 13. Born Sept. 7, 1957, in Northampton, he was raised and lived in Hadley and was a graduate of Hopkins Academy. He was employed by the Physical Plant in custodial services, buildings and grounds and academic...
Caryn Brause

Caryn Brause, architecture, has been honored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with a 2016 ACSA/AIA Practice and Leadership Award. The award recognizes “best practice” examples of highly effective teaching, scholarship and outreach.

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Torrey Trust
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Online Learning Network has announced that Torrey Trust, assistant professor, department of teacher education and curriculum studies, and the master’s students in her educational web design course, were selected as the winners of...
Deborah Carlin
Deborah Carlin, 57, of Holyoke, professor of American literary and cultural studies and associate chair of the English department, died May 6. She joined the faculty in 1987. Known for her skills in the classroom as well as her scholarship, she received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996....
Michaeline P. Yezierski
Michaeline P. Yezierski, 69, of Pelham, a retired campus security officer, died April 29. Born March 17, 1947, in Northampton, she graduated from Hopkins Academy in Hadley and the Cooley Dickinson School of Radiology. She joined UMass Amherst in 1977 and held several clerk positions, including in...

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