Marian Matheson (d. 2014)

April 4, 2014

Amherst College mourns the loss of Marian Matheson, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, who passed away after a brief, courageous struggle with illness. She is survived by her wife, Pam, and their daughter, Caroline. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, in Johnson Chapel, with a reception to follow at the home of President Biddy Martin.

Lydia Beatrice Nampeera '15 (1993–2013)

The Amherst College community mourns the loss of Lydia Beatrice Nampeera '15, of  Poughkeepsie, N.Y., who passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at her home. 

An obituary with more information can be found here.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie. A college memorial gathering will be held at a later date.


George L. Shinn '45 (1923–2013)

Amherst College notes the passing of Life Trustee and Chair Emeritus George L. Shinn '45, P'85, G'07 on Dec. 16, 2013, in Scarborough, Maine. He was 90 years old.

An obituary ran on Dec. 17 in The New York Times.

Shinn became a member of the college's Board of Trustees in 1968 and was its chair from 1973 to 1980—the years during which Amherst began admitting female students.

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Bekki Lee (1956–2013)

Amherst College notes the passing of Bekki Lee on Oct. 12, 2013. Lee served the Amherst community for 23 years in various roles in the Dean of Students' Office and the Career Center. Lee's husband, David Hansen, was Amherst's Deutch Professor of Chemistry. In 2009, Lee and her family moved to California, where she became dean of students and vice president of student affairs at Scripps College.


Pema Tsering Memorial Gathering

The Campus Community was invited to a Memorial Gathering to celebrate and remember the life of Pema Tsering, an employee of the Custodial Department at Amherst College since 2004. The Memorial Gathering took place on Thursday, April 11, 2013 in the O’Connor Commons and was followed by a reception.