In Memoriam: Helen Mottla

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Helen Mottla on Jan. 3, 2012. Mottla arrived at the college in 1966 as a secretary for The Journal of Economic History. That same year, she began working as secretary to the Department of Biology. In 1979, she became secretary to the Dean of Students, a position she kept until her retirement in 1994.

In Memoriam: Matthew Lee

Amherst College notes the passing of Matthew Lee on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Lee came to the college in 1999 and worked as a police officer up until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and four daughters, Caylin, Hannah, Emma and Grace.

In Memoriam: Jerome Yezierski

Amherst College notes the passing of Jerome "Herman" Yezierski on Sept. 7, 2011. Yezierski came to the college in 1963 as a janitor and was promoted to special services custodian in 1972. He retired in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Claire, and four children, including college employees Maureen Waskiewicz and Joanne Thornton.

In Memoriam: Angelo Vassallo

Amherst College notes the passing of Angelo Vassallo on April 18, 2011. Vassallo came to the College in 1981 and worked  as a custodian until his retirement in 2010. Vassallo also filled in other areas across campus, as a mail clerk, as a caretaker in Athletics, as a groundskeeper and as a truck driver. Vassallo was also an honorary member of the Class of 2004. 

In Memoriam: Julia Newton

Amherst College notes the passing of Julia Newton on August 10, 2010. Newton worked worked in technical services at Frost Library for 40 years before her retirement. The obituary from the Daily Hampshire Gazette can be found here, and we invite members of the community to log in and leave notes and remembrances below.

In Memoriam: Kevin Perez

Amherst college notes the passing of Kevin Perez on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Perez worked for the college's Information Technology department in the Database Services Group since January of 2007. He is survived by his wife and two children. An obituary can be found here.

A memorial talk will be held on Saturday, July 10, in Buckley Recital Hall at 3 p.m.

In Memoriam: Theodore Cross '46

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.

In Memoriam: Elizabeth M. Meakim

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.

In Memoriam: Perry Ball

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. 

In Memoriam: Alfred E. Szarkowski

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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