Oral History Interview with Janice C. Denton

Interview by Richard Dick, July 23, 2007

Janice Denton, a former library staff member who came to the college in 1964 when her then-husband became Amherst's first Black faculty member; interview by Richard Fink, former professor of chemistry and dean of the faculty.


Janice C. Denton came to Amherst in 1964 when her husband accepted a position as a professor in the Mathematics Department at Amherst College. During her tenure, she worked as a Science Library Assistant, Circulation Assistant, and Interlibrary Loan Assistant. Janice had a key role in the development of the Black Cultural Center Library and was instrumental in bringing a major endowed fund to the library for the purchase of books. She was honored with an all-campus reception upon her retirement in 1998.

Richard Fink arrived at Amherst in 1964 and was the George H. Corey Professor of Chemistry before his retirement in 2007. He served as Dean of the Faculty from 1983 to 1988.

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