In Memoriam

The In Memoriam page is where Amherst College posts notices of the deaths of any current faculty members, staff members, students or trustees, as well as faculty or staff who have retired from the College. Scroll down on this page to see the most recent notices.

Members of the Amherst community are invited to log in and leave comments on each notice, to share memories and honor the deceased.

Alumni obituaries and remembrances can be found on the In Memory page and in the print version of each issue of Amherst magazine.

John "Jack" Pemberton (d. 2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of John "Jack" Pemberton, the Stanley Warfield Crosby Professor of Religion, Emeritus, on Nov. 30, 2016. Pemberton came to the College in 1958 and retired in 1998.

An obituary with more information will be linked on this page when it becomes available.

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Robert J. Joy (1931-2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired staff member Robert J. Joy on Nov. 15, 2016. Joy came to the College in 1968, working part-time in the Special Functions department. He continued there and in Dining Services on a casual basis until 1988, when he took a full-time position as a server. He retired in 1993.

An obituary with more information is available here.

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Cora Lee Gibbs (1924-2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of Cora Lee Gibbs on Sept. 29, 2016. She was the wife of Julian Gibbs ’56, who served as president of the College from 1979 until his death in 1983. Mrs. Gibbs was a lecturer and public program developer at the Mead Art Museum and created the “Art for Lunch” program. She received Amherst’s Medal for Eminent Service in 1984.

An obituary with more information is available here. A 2009 interview between Mrs. Gibbs and Professor Joel Upton can be found here.

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Juanita Kocik (1934–2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired staff member Juanita Kocik on July 11, 2016. Kocik worked as a housekeeper in the President’s house from 1975 through her retirement in 1998.

An obituary with more information is available here.

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Mary E. Snyder (1921–2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Mary E. Snyder on June 28, 2016. Snyder worked in the English department as an assistant to the chair/secretary from 1977 until 1986.

An obituary with more information is available here.

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Thomas Harvey (1922–2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Thomas Harvey on May 19, 2016. Harvey came to the College in 1973 and worked as the assistant dining services manager until his retirement in 1985.

An obituary with more information is available here.

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Hugh Hawkins (d. 2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of Hugh Hawkins, the Anson D. Morse Professor of History and American Studies, Emeritus, on May 6, 2016.

Hawkins retired from the Amherst faculty in 2000 after 43 years of teaching at the College. The Department of History established the annual Hugh Hawkins Lecture in his honor. In 2003, Hawkins was interviewed about his memories of his Amherst teaching career.

An obituary with more information was printed in The Boston Globe.

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Friederike Dewitz (d. 2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Friederike Dewitz on Jan. 9, 2016. She was the departmental secretary in American studies from 1969 through her retirement in 1991.

An obituary with more information is available here.

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