People

Anatoli “Tony” Kudrikow, 79, of Sunderland, died Oct. 29. Born Feb. 26, 1937 in Kralievo, Yugoslavia, he attended Amherst High School and served in the Army. He joined UMass Amherst as a technical specialist in geosciences in 1961 and retired from that position in 1996. He is...
Charlotte LaPlante
Junior Charlotte LaPlante and alumna Meghan Bernier were two of the dozens of volunteer emergency medical technicians to provide emergency care during the Head of the Charles Regatta held Oct. 22-23 in Boston.  The two-day rowing competition attracts more than 11,000 athletes and tens of...
Robert Progulske
Donald Robert Progulske, 93, of Gainesille, Fla., professor emeritus of wildlife biology and retired 18-year head of the department of forestry and wildlife management, died Oct. 17. Born Sept. 3, 1923, in Springfield, he graduated from Springfield Technical High School and was accepted into the...
David S. Sroka, 58, of Turners Falls, a senior electrical design engineer in Design and Construction Management, died Oct. 30. Born in Lackawanna, N.Y., on June 4, 1958, he was a graduate of Port Byron High School and continued his education at the University of Rochester, receiving his bachelor...
Mari Castañeda
Mari Castañeda, professor and chair of the communication department, has been selected as a 2016-2017 faculty fellow of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her term includes a weeklong faculty seminar this month. Founded in 1957, the  academy is dedicated to the...
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Graduate students from the department of kinesiology won several scholarships and awards at the recent New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) annual meeting, held October 13-14 in Providence. Kate Hayes, a doctoral candidate, was the winning presenter in the...
Frank “Jasieu” John Buczek, 68, of West Springfield and Hatfield, a 34-year grounds department worker, died Oct. 25. Born March 31, 1948, in Springfield, he graduated from Chicopee High School and graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He joined the UMass Amherst staff...
Charles Tolpa
Charles F. Tolpa, 66, of Belchertown, a longtime offset duplicating machine operator, died Oct. 28. Born April 3, 1950, in Holyoke, he was raised in Chicopee and had lived in Belchertown since 1976. He joined UMass Amherst in 1981 and retired in 2012 after many years in duplicating. He had also...
Fred Feldman
At first glance, the title of Fred Feldman’s new book, “Distributive Justice: Getting What We Deserve from Our Country,” might suggest a didactic romp through yet another set of contentious public policy positions. Or talk show prescriptions. Wrong. Like other books with...
Cheryl Dukes
Cheryl L. Dukes, director of outreach and community engagement in the College of Nursing, has been awarded the 2016 Mike Fritz Community Builder Award by the Communities That Care Coalition of Franklin County and the North Quabbin. The award is given each year to someone who demonstrates vision...

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