William Michael Hexter (1927-2018)

Amherst College notes the passing of William Michael Hexter on Dec. 20, 2018. Hexter came to the College in 1953 and taught biology. In 1966, he became the Edward S. Harkness Professor of Biology. He retired in 1996.

Please see his obituary for more information. 

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Eleanor V. Hutchinson (1927-2018)

Amherst College notes the passing of Eleanor V. Hutchinson on Nov. 30, 2018. Hutchinson came to the College in 1972 and worked as the president’s secretary until her retirement in 1995.

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William L. Swartzbaugh (1923-2018)

Amherst College notes the passing of William L. Swartzbaugh on Oct. 17, 2018. Swartzbaugh served as an associate dean in the Dean of Students' Office from 1961 to 1967 and as dean of students from 1967 to 1968. He was also chair of the Board of Academic Advisors from 1966 to 1968 and a foreign student advisor from 1965 to 1968.

Please see his obituary for more information. 

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Donald M. Shaw (1947-2018)

Amherst College notes the passing of Donald M. Shaw on Nov. 16, 2018. Shaw came to the College as a custodian in 1973, moving to the position of painter/paper-hanger/glazier in 1976. He worked in that position through his retirement in 2009.

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Justin Imperatore '20 (1996-2018)

The Amherst College community mourns the loss of Justin Imperatore, of Summit, N.J., who passed away on Oct. 2, 2018. At Amherst, he studied history and philosophy and played as a goalie on the men's lacrosse team.

An obituary is available here with more information, including how to donate in Justin's memory to a scholarship fund at Avon Old Farms School, of which he was a graduate.

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Joseph Kargul (1930-2018)

Amherst College notes the passing of Joseph Kargul on Sept. 16, 2018. Kargul came to the College in 1985 as a kitchen assistant and worked in Valentine until his retirement in 1996.

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John A. Larareo (1932-2018)

Amherst College notes the passing of John A. Larareo on March 2, 2018. Larareo came to Amherst in 1963 and worked as a custodian until his retirement in 1994.

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Jeffrey B. Ferguson (d. 2018)

In a March 12, 2018, letter to the community, President Biddy Martin wrote with great sadness to share news of the passing of Jeffrey B. Ferguson, the Karen and Brian Conway '80, P'18 Presidential Teaching Professor of Black Studies. The text of her letter follows. 
 
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Harrison L. Gregg (d. 2018)

Amherst College notes the passing of College retiree Harrison L. Gregg on April 2, 2018. Gregg first came to the College in 1980, as a junior programmer in the Three Colleges Computing Center. He later worked as a senior programmer, systems analyst and program manager, before moving to the Institutional Research office in 1995. in 2005, Gregg became the associate registrar and worked in that role until his retirement in 2010. After retirement, Gregg continued his service, working as a guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Christopher Collins ’20 (1997-2018)

Chris Collins The Amherst College community mourns the loss of Christopher Collins ’20, of Wakefield, R.I., who passed away on March 29, 2018. He was a mathematics major and a former member of Amherst’s baseball team. A campus gathering was held on March 30 to remember Chris and to provide support for his friends and family.

“Chris was loved for his thoughtfulness and kindness, his genuine curiosity about others, and his love of family, friends, music, baseball and writing, among many other qualities,” President Biddy Martin noted in an email to the community.