The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVII, Issue 41
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
August 23, 2002

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Dr. Donald Chrisman, adjunct faculty member in Anthropology Department

Dr. Donald Chrisman, who became an research associate in Anthropology after retiring as an orthopedic surgeon, died of a brain tumor July 31 in a retirement community in Bedford. He was 84.

Born in Springfield, Mo., he attended Drury College in that city before enrolling at Harvard College, where he completed his bachelor's degree in 1938. Four years later, he earned his M.D. at Harvard Medical School. In 1943, he completed an internship in surgery at Boston City Hospital.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

In 1947, he completed a residency in fractures at Boston City Hospital and in 1949, a residency in orthopedics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Later that year, he moved to Northampton, where he was the first board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Hampshire County. He and his medical partner formed Hampshire Orthopedics.

From 1951 to 1985, he was chief of orthopedics at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, where he established and supervised the physical therapy unit.
In 1954, he joined the faculty of Yale Medical School as an instructor and established a research laboratory investigating the causes of arthritis. He published more than 50 research articles and won several awards for his work. He became an assistant professor in 1960 and a clinical professor in 1975.

After retiring from medical practice in 1985, he enrolled as a master's degree student in Anthropology at UMass, where his wife, Miriam Usher Chrisman, was a professor of History. Dr. Chris-man completed his master's in Archaeology in 1988.

In 1990, Chrisman joined the Anthropology Department as an adjunct faculty member in archaeology, an affiliation that lasted about 10 years. He was also an associate of the Andover Foundation for Archaeological Research, based at the Robert S. Peabody Museum in Andover. He authored two chapters of "Pendejo Cave," a forthcoming book from the University of New Mexico Press.

Along with his wife, he leaves two sons and five grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, c/o Friends of the Library, 154 Hicks Way, UMass Amherst, 01003.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Church in Bedford.

Elizabeth Farrell

Elizabeth Farrell, 86, of Wal- tham, a former housemother in Van Meter residence hall, died Aug. 14.

She served the campus for three years in the early 1960s before leaving to design and implement pediatric and intensive infant care units on the Black-foot Indian Reservation in Montana.

A 1937 graduate of the Methodist-Episcopal School of Nursing in Brooklyn, she served in the Army Nurse Corps as a nurse anesthetist at a field hospital in England during World War II. She left the service in 1947 with the rank of captain.

She continued her nursing through the Military Sea Transportation Service, which transported displaced people to the United States for resettlement on former merchant marine ships. When the Korean War began, she began an extensive career with the U.S. Public Health Service as a nurse and a nursing administrator.

She leaves her daughter, Patricia Barbara of Revere; two brothers, and a sister.

James J. Cusack

James J. Cusack, 67, of Mon-son, a retired painter I in Housing Service, died Aug. 12 at home.

He served the University for a number of years before retiring in 1991.
He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War.

He leaves his wife, Hilda Cusack; his mother, a son, two daughters, two sisters, and five grandchildren.

Ronald F. Reid

Ronald F. Reid, 74, of North-field, a retired professor of Communication, died Aug. 10.

He served the University for 32 years before retiring in 1991.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, he held a master's degree from the University of New Mexi-co and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

He was a member of the International Society for Preservation of Rhetoric and the American Speech Association.

His wife of 44 years, Dorothy Reid, died in 1997.

He leaves two daughters, Cheryl Momaney of South Park, Pa., and Janice of Easthampton, and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield 01301.

Casimir P. Kuczynski

Casimir P. Kuczynski, 78, of Easthampton, a retired maintainer II in Physical Plant, died Aug. 14 in Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

He served the University for 22 years before retiring in 1989.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He leaves his wife of 49 years, Caroline Kuczynski; a son, two daughters, including Carol Lan-dry, maintainer I in Academic Custodial, of Northampton; and four grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to Bill Nagle's Honor Court, c/o Prevent Inc., Westbank, 380 High St., 5th floor, Holyoke 01040 or the MSPCA, 171 Union St., Springfield 01105.

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