Deceased August 17, 2023
 

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In Memory

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Dana Alexis Perry-Hunter '00

We are heartbroken to share that Dana Alexis Perry-Hunter passed away peacefully on August 17, 2023, at her home in Pottstown, Pa.  

Dana was a cherished friend who built communities around her everywhere she went. She was a lifelong learner. Incredibly smart, thoughtful, philosophical and great debater, and so it was no surprise that she loved her time at Amherst. Majoring in political science, she was a passionate student of American politics, law, jurisprudence and social thought. But as much as she loved her educational pursuits, she loved her time at Amherst because of the friends she made there who became her family. 

Meeting her at the beginning of freshman year was like winning the lottery. She made friends so easily. People gravitated toward her big, easy smile, quick wit and contagious laugh. But if you were one of her people, you truly were one of the luckiest people in the world. She loved her friends fiercely and made sure they always knew it. She was the first to reach out on your birthday and the first—and often only person—to remember some random anniversary or milestone. She was the type of person who reached out—often with a handwritten letter—for no other reason than because she was thinking of you. 

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Dana Perry-Hunter '00

After graduation, Dana moved to New York City for a brief stint before finding her calling in education. Dana was a beloved employee at the Hill School where she served as the associate director of Admissions. During her 22 years at Hill, she embraced countless other responsibilities including serving as an adviser and dorm parent. Over the past two decades, she admitted and mentored hundreds of students, her reach extending far beyond the campus. 

Dana always acted in service of others, both personally and professionally. Having struggled with Multiple Sclerosis for more than 20 years, she was particularly sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities and actively supported a number of organizations focused on seeking cures and expanding accessibility. She was also a huge animal lover and gave to organizations dedicated to helping animals in need. She lived her life knowing that it was a precious gift, never taking one day for granted. When she was diagnosed with MS at such a young age—a time when all of us were just figuring out our way post-college—she never dwelled on it. She never felt sorry for herself. And she never, never let it define her. And while MS may have robbed her of some of her physical abilities, it never dimmed her light.  

She will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.

Karen Silberg Richman ’00