Donald S. Pitkin (1922–2012)


Amherst College notes the passing of Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Donald S. Pitkin on May 11, 2012. Pitkin introduced anthropology to the Amherst curriculum when he joined the faculty in 1964. He retired from the college in 1992.

An obituary with more information is available here.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2012, in Johnson Chapel.

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Shirley Moores (1930–2012)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Shirley Moores on Jan. 25, 2012. Moores first came to the college in 1953 and worked for the Alumni Council for seven years before moving to Frost Library, where she worked in Technical Services until her retirement in 1998. She continued working at  Frost on a casual basis for several years after her official retirement.

Helen Mottla (1920–2012)

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.


Angelo Vassallo (1947–2011)

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. 


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.