Amherst College mourns the passing of Prosser Gifford, the College's first dean of the faculty, on July 5, 2020.

Current Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein wrote the following in a July 20 email to faculty and staff:

... Prosser Gifford served as the dean from 1967 to 1979 and was also a member of the faculty during that time. During his tenure, the college began admitting women, and Dean Gifford helped to increase the number of women faculty members from one at the time of his arrival, to twenty-six by the time he left the college. After leaving Amherst, he became deputy director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and later director of scholarly program at the Library of Congress. According to published obituaries (see below), a private burial will take place. ...

Please see this obituary for more information. 

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