Deceased July 18, 2023
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Dan Mouhot passed away on July 18, 2023, from liver disease. Born in 1966 and raised in Redford, Michigan, Dan was always the quintessential “Renaissance man”: an above-average student, he was also passionately involved in sports, theater and music. Another passion was family history: on his father’s side, Dan was related to famous 19th-century explorer Henri Mouhot, first European to publish descriptions of his visit to the temple of Angkor Wat; on his mother’s side, he came from a family of Finnish immigrants, which inspired him to do his junior year of college in Finland.
From his first encounter with Amherst at a college fair during high school senior year, he knew that Amherst would be “home” for him. His years at Amherst were the happiest of his life, and he never lost his love for his alma mater. A Russian major, he also kept a foot in the computer world. By graduation time, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and of the Soviet Union, his major seemed less relevant, so he joined a start-up computer company that was very successful, eventually bought up by IBM. His specialty became healthcare software and business partnership development.
The latter involved a lot of personal interaction with clients, which brings us to one of Dan’s most salient character traits, his exuberantly extroverted personality and his unflagging delight in meeting people of all cultures, ages and walks of life. He also lived life to the fullest, traveling with zest all over the globe and enjoying the simple pleasures of life—food, theater, music, dance, song and, above all, the company of his family and friends, who deeply mourn the passing of so vital, warm, generous and talented a human being. He is survived by his husband Franco Mormando, professor of Italian at Boston College, whom he married in 2004.
Dan’s classmate Lee Bluemel ʼ89 adds: “Dan established the Mouhot Family Scholarship Fund, a permanently endowed scholarship fund at Amherst College that provides financial aid to Amherst students with demonstrated financial need. The first preference is given for international students, second for students studying abroad and third for students with a demonstrated interest in international studies. The College is deeply grateful for his generosity and care.”