Francis "Jim" Osborn (d. 2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Francis "Jim" Osborn on Dec. 13, 2016. He was 85. Mr. Osborn came to the College in 1959 and worked as a custodian until his retirement in 1994.

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Elizabeth M. "BettyAnn" Kelly (1926-2016)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Elizabeth M. "BettyAnn" Kelly on Dec. 9, 2016. Ms. Kelly came to the College in 1977 as a slides curator in the fine arts department. In 1983, she became the fine arts librarian, and in 1987, she combined that position with head of circulation. Ms. Kelly retired in 1996.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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