The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVIII, Issue 35
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
May 30, 2003

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James Kindahl, former Economics head; at 71
By Sarah R. Buchholz, Chronicle staff

James K. Kindahl, 71, of Pelham, a retired professor of Economics and former head of the department, died Jan. 15 at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.
He served the University for 31 years before retiring in 1998.

He had taught previously at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the University of Chicago, the University of Georgia's Camp Gordon Center, and at Amherst College. At Amherst, he also had been chair of the economics department. One year after arriving in the department in 1967 as a visiting associate professor, he was made full professor and head of the department, a position in which he served for three years. He served on the Economics personnel committee on and off for a decade and consulted for businesses and institutes in the region. Early in his career, he had done market research for a Chicago firm.

The author or co-author of several books, including "The Behavior of Industrial Prices," which he wrote with George J. Stigler, he specialized in travel and tourism, particularly that in Massachusetts, intra- and international pricing issues, regional input-output analysis, and other areas of applied, usually micro-, economics.

He spent a year as a guest associate at the University of Oslo in Norway.
A member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Literature, he served as an editorial referee of the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Western Economic Journal.

He held a bachelor's degree, a master's of business administration and a doctorate in Economics, all from the University of Chicago. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma.

He leaves his wife of 45 years, Connie Kindahl; a son, Kelvin of Easthampton; a daughter, Carolyn of Florence; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 West 168th St., New York, NY 10032-9982.

Former graduate recruiter, Judith Toyama; at 56
By Sarah R. Buchholz, Chronicle staff

Judith S. Toyama, 56, former assistant dean of the Graduate School and director of the Office of Minority Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention, was found dead at her home in Lubbock, Texas, Jan. 13.

She served the University for 24 years before becoming assistant dean of the graduate school at Texas Tech University in 1999, where she specialized in admissions and recruitment until resigning in May 2002.

At UMass, she also had been an assistant professor of Sport Studies and a special assistant to the vice chancellor for Research and the Graduate School dean and was highly active on councils and committees all over campus, including a stint as the representative of the campus's professional staff organization, PAUMA, to the Faculty Senate. Co-chair of the Affirmative Action Advisory Board and a member of the board of directors of the Commission for the Collegiate Education of Black and Other Minority Students, she also worked on the Civility Commission, the Human Relations Council, the Graduate Council, the New WORLD Theater Advisory Board and other campus groups.

Nationally recognized as an expert in graduate school recruitment and retention, she served as dean-in-residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington DC for a year in the mid-1990s.

She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta, and she held a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Southern California, a master's degree in sociology of sport from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

She helped to found the Asian and Asian-American Women's Network of Amherst.

She enjoyed watching sports, swimming, playing tennis, cooking, sewing and knitting.

She leaves her mother, Ruth Toyama of Los Angeles; and a brother, Peter, also of Los Angeles.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Judith S. Toyama Scholarship Fund, Office of Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention, The Graduate School, University of Massachusetts Amherst 01003.

Retired head janitor Valmore G. Guimond Sr.

Valmore G. Guimond Sr., 81, of Ware, a retired head janitor in Housing, died Jan. 11 in St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester.

He served the University for 14 and a half years before retiring in 1986.
Also a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, prior to his work in Housing, he worked for many years at the former Ware Shoe Company.
His wife, Bertha "Betty" Guimond, died in July.

He leaves three sons, Richard, a supervisor of janitors in Housing Services, and Jerry, both of Ware, and Michael of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; five daughters, Gloria Domey, Michelle Jacques and Barbara, all of Ware, Sister Betty Ann Guimond of the Sisters of St. Anne in Wayland and Susan Szkutak of Fort Ann, N.Y.; two sisters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A son, Donald, died earlier.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary's School, South and Charles Streets, Ware 01082, or to Mary Lane Adult Care, 40 Chestnut St., Ware 01082.

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