Theodore Cross '46 (1924–2010)

Amherst College notes the passing of Theodore Cross '46, a life trustee of Amherst College and the grandfather of two current students. Cross, who passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, was the editor of The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education and a renowned photographer. A memorial service tentatively scheduled for April 9  in the Princeton University Chapel.

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James M. Mullins III (d. 2009)

Amherst Colleges notes the passing of James Marcus Mullins III. Mullins, the son of Physical Education Department Coordinator Pamela Guyott, passed away unexpectedly at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Sunday December 13, 2009 following surgery. He is survived by his wife Sarah (Lapuc) Mullins and his two children James Patrick and Peyton.

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Rosamund Wills (1920–2009)

Amherst College notes the passing of Rosamund Wills of Ludlow, Mass. on Friday, December 4, 2009. Wills first came to the college in 1962 and worked for seven years as a maid. In 1969, she became a server in Dining Services and also worked at the snack bar. The next year, she made the transition to clerical work and became a  specialist in the  Office of Administrative Services. She continued in this position until her retirement in 1982. She is survived by a son, Albert Wills, and daughters, Peggy McKenna, Helen R. Foss, Susan Williams and Belinda Barrus.

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Elizabeth M. Meakim (1917–2009)

Amherst College notes the passing of Elizabeth M. Meakim on November 30, 2009. Meakim worked for Amherst from 1937 until her retirement in 1982. In 1937, Meakim worked as secretary in the Fraternity Business Office. In 1953, she worked in both the Alumni Office and the Treasurer's and Comptroller's office. In 1957, she became the Assistant Treasurer's Administrative Secretary and in 1977, the Comptroller's Administrative Secretary. She remained in that position until she retired in 1982.

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Perry Ball (d. 2009)

Amherst College notes the passing of Perry Ball of Haines City, Fla., on Oct. 27, 2009. Ball was a custodian at Amherst from 1965 until his retirement in 1987. Before coming to the college, Ball had been a machine operator at Hampden Specialty  Products in Easthampton, Mass. and a sergeant in the Medical Corps. Mr. Ball's son, Bob, works for the college as lead caretaker of athletic facilities. We invite members of the community to log in and leaves notes and remembrances on this page. 

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Alfred E. Szarkowski (d. 2009)

Amherst College notes the passing of Alfred E. Szarkowski on Oct. 21, 2009. Szarkowski came to Amherst College in 1953 as a custodian. In 1975, he became a custodian/museum technician and in 1987 was promoted to Mead arts preparator. He retired in 1994. We invite members of the community to log in and leave notes and remembrances of Szarkowski at the bottom of this page.

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Jordan Moore-Fields ’11 (d. 2008)

October 13, 2008

The Amherst community is invited to gather in remembrance of Jordan Moore-Fields ’11 at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. A formal memorial service will be scheduled for later in the semester.

The following is a statement from Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx.

I write with terrible news, which some of you may have heard already. Jordan Moore-Fields ’11 of Oak Park, Illinois, died on Sunday, Oct. 12, in a car accident that took place on Interstate 91 just north of Springfield. He was returning to campus from Baltimore, where he and three other Amherst students had gone to visit a friend. The three other students sustained minor injuries and were taken to Baystate Hospital, where they were treated and released.

David Foster Wallace ’85 (1962–2008)

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September 14, 2008


David Foster Wallace ’85, a towering figure in modern literature who died Friday, Sept. 12, in Claremont, Calif., was remembered by one of his English professors as an unassuming student of both prodigious talent and productivity, while a roommate recalled Mr. Wallace as a close friend who was serious and sincere as a student at Amherst. 

“It was an enormous privilege to work with David during his senior honors project in English, which became nothing less than his first published novel, ‘The Broom of the System,’”  said Dale E. Peterson, the Eliza Clark Folger Professor of English at Amherst.

Douglas C. Wilson ’62 (1940–2008)

May 5, 2008

Douglas C. Wilson ’62, longtime Amherst College public affairs officer and editor, died May 5 at his home in Amherst. He was 67. A former Washington journalist, he served his alma mater for 27 years before retiring in 2002.

Prior to joining the college’s administration in 1975, Wilson worked for 13 years as a reporter for The Providence Journal, first in Rhode Island and later as Washington correspondent. On Aug. 7, 1974, he was the first newsperson to report Richard Nixon’s decision to resign as president – a breaking story for which he received the Merriman Smith Memorial Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association.  

Wilson edited Passages of Time: Narratives in the History of Amherst College, an anthology of essays on the college’s history, which was published in December 2007 by Amherst College Press. He wrote eight of the 28 essays, most of which appeared in Amherst, the alumni magazine which he had edited.