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.

Juanita Kocik (1934–2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired staff member Juanita Kocik, on Jully 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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Helen Sullivan (d. 2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Helen Sullivan on Dec. 12, 2015. She arrived in 1967 as a research assistant in the biology department. In 1973, she moved to the mathematics department as an academic department secretary, and in 1982 she became assistant to the department chair. Sullivan retired in 1990.

An obituary with more information is available here.

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Nasser Hussain (d. 2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of Nasser Hussain, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, on Nov. 8, 2015. Hussain began teaching at the College in 1996.

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An obituary is viewable here. Information about a memorial service will be added to this page as it becomes available.

The following message from Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein was emailed to the College community on Nov. 10: 

Dear Members of the Amherst Community,

I write with the tragic news that Nasser Hussain, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, passed away on Sunday evening, November 8, after an extended illness. A beloved teacher, scholar, colleague, mentor, and friend, Nasser, an internationally recognized historian and theorist of law and colonialism, brought brilliance, passion, and a deep commitment to principle to all that he undertook. Beyond the accomplishments of his intellectual life, Nasser was known for his irreverent wit, tremendous kindness, and unfailing generosity. He began teaching at Amherst in 1996 and has inspired countless students and colleagues. 

Plans for a memorial service for Nasser are in the formative stages, and we will inform you when we learn more.  

With great sadness for the loss we share,

Catherine Epstein
Dean of the Faculty
Professor of History

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John C. Esty Jr. '50 (1928–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of John C. Esty Jr. '50 on Oct. 22, 2015. Esty served as Amherst's assistant dean of admissions from 1953 to 1957 and associate dean of admissions from 1957 to 1963.

An obituary with more information is available here.

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