Deceased October 25, 2020

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In Memory

Ron was my roommate at the Beta house with Bill Slights ’61, Bruce Walker ’61 and Bill Goodhue ’61. He was an excellent athlete and a good student with a great disposition and quiet wit. He majored in geology and lettered in varsity football and crew.

Upon graduation from Amherst, Ron went on to the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, then opened his practice of general dentistry in Bridgton, Maine, where he was highly respected and loved by his patients. He became an integral part of this small community. Everyone knew him.

The love of his life and soulmate was Brooke. They complemented each other and were always together. Ron and Brooke were married when Ron was in dental school. They biked and crewed together almost to the very end of Ron’s life. They had a large family, with five children and 12 grandchildren.

At several of our class reunions, you knew Ron was there when he led us around campus with his trumpet playing, which was not very good. It must have improved, however, as he was in the Bridgton symphony. Ron did switch to the baritone, which he played proficiently.

Ron and I had great conversations over the years. Last year I tried to visit him in Florida, where he wintered. Unfortunately, that plan was foiled by COVID. All of us who knew him loved his warmth, humor and compassion. One of Amherst’s finest, Ron fought valiantly against myeloid dysplasia. Even when he felt bad, he radiated optimism.

At the time of our 25th reunion, Ron wrote that he was proud to be part of the class of 1961. Now it is time for all of us to say how glad we are to have had Ron Hatch as a classmate. May you rest in peace, Ron.

Mark R. Levine ’61