Northampton OKs Memorial Plaque for Jean Hosmer


July 14, 2000

The Northampton Department of Public Works has approved plans to place a bronze plaque at the site where UMass Extension employee Jean Hosmer was fatally shot by her estranged husband. The memorial received the go-ahead on June 28.

The 11-by-16-inch plaque will be set flush in the Center Street sidewalk near where Hosmer died. The memorial, which is being paid for by a citizens' group, will carry a 15-word inscription and the date of Hosmer's death, Oct. 25, 1999. Plans call for the plaque to be installed by this October.

Hosmer, 45, was shot by William Bernotas, a staffer with the Office of Information Technologies, minutes after she renewed a restraining order against him. Bernotas, 46, then fatally shot himself.