Gone But Not Forgotten

We update this page when we learn of the passing of Stockbridge family.  You can report the passing of a friend or loved one to us by emailing stockbridge@umass.edu

Click the images below to read about the excellent lives they lived and the contributions they made while giving their Hearts and Souls to Dear Old Stockbridge.

In Fall 2023, we learned of the passing of a retired professor and department chair.

Peter Veneman



Peter Veneman


UMass professor of soil and environmental science

Chair of the Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences (PSIS) department

Hired faculty and funded facilities that today reside at Stockbridge


In Spring 2023, we learned of the passing of an emeritus professor.

William Manning




William Manning


UMass professor of plant pathology and pomology

Researched fruit trees and the impact of air pollution on plants

Editor of scientific journal Environmental Pollution for over 20 years


In Spring 2022, we learned of the passing of two retired faculty.

Joseph Mawson




Joseph C. Mawson


UMass professor of forestry and wildlife management for 38 years

Founding member of Massachusetts Association of Professional Foresters



Lyle Craker



Lyle Craker


Stockbridge professor of plant-environment interactions; medicinal and aromatic plants

Advocate for cannabis research to treat pediatric cancer patients


In Winter 2022, we learned of three Stockbridge alumni and one long-time staff.

Ronald Beckwith



Ronald A. Beckwith

(1937 - 2021)

Manager of Morrill Greenhouses for 25 years




Timothy Kelleher




Timothy J. Kelleher

(1973 - 2021)

Turfgrass Management AS '95

Landscaper at Premier Landscaping



Richard Wehren




Richard Walter Wehren

(1943 - 2021)

Forestry AS '63




Catherine Vollinger




Catherine L. Vollinger

(1967 - 2021)

Agriculture and Business Mgmt AS '88

Animal Science BS '89

30 years as Massachusetts State Dairy Inspector


In Fall 2021, we learned of the passing of an emeritus professor, and a Stockbridge alum.

Robert Bond




Robert S. "Bob" Bond


UMass forestry professor for 21 years;

Donated 234 acres of forest to the University



Frances Fitzpatrick




Frances Elizabeth "Betsy" Fitzpatrick


Floriculture AS

Horticultural Science BS

Director of Research for Commercial Flower Producer

In Summer 2021, we learned of the passing of two emeritus Stockbridge faculty.

Anthony Borton




Anthony Borton


UMass professor for 31 years;

Established UMass Equine and Livestock Research and Education Farm


Hugh Clark




Hugh Clark


Stockbridge professor for 31 years;

Instrumental to the study of Dutch Elm Disease in trees