Deceased March 11, 2016
Amherst and the class of ’49 lost a loyal member, Ed Hitchcock. He was always proud of his families’ illustrious history at the College.
He was a special friend of mine because he ended up being my brother-in-law. My sister Beth; their two sons, Tad and Dan; and their five grandchildren survive him.
Ed spent many successful years in private school education as a teacher and administrator.
He loved music and sang tenor in the Amherst Glee Club with me. Ed also had a great knowledge and collection of American jazz. At one point, he directed several student productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas. They were highly successful and gave him great enjoyment.
Another special love was the Boston Red Sox, and we spent many hours discussing major league baseball and its yearly ups and downs. This would include my frustrations with the Atlanta Braves.
Beth and Ed spent many years up north in cold country. They finally saw the wisdom of moving south to a warmer climate. This was the retirement community near Crossville, Tenn., which they so enjoyed; it was also closer to the Thachers in Atlanta. Since that move, we enjoyed visiting together back and forth.
He will be sorely missed.
Dick Thacher ’49