John "Jack" Pemberton (1928-2016)

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 is available here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fredric L. Cheyette (1932–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of Fredric L. Cheyette, professor of history, emeritus, on April 14, 2015. Professor Cheyette joined the faculty of the Department of History in 1963 and retired in 2005.

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A newspaper obituary with more information is available here.

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John Pistel '69 (d. 2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee John Pistel '69 on Oct. 10, 2015. Pistel graduated from Amherst in 1969, and then was hired in 1992 as its senior development officer/director of principal gifts. He worked at the College until his retirement in 2010.

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Kurt Hertzfeld (1918–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Kurt Hertzfeld on Sept. 13, 2015. Hertzfeld was appointed treasurer of the College in 1968 and retired in the early 1980s.

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