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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John C. Esty Jr. '50 (1928–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of John C. Esty Jr. '50 on Oct. 22, 2015. Esty served as Amherst's assistant dean of admissions from 1953 to 1957 and associate dean of admissions from 1957 to 1963.

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John Pistel '69 (d. 2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee John Pistel '69 on Oct. 10, 2015. Pistel graduated from Amherst in 1969, and then was hired in 1992 as its senior development officer/director of principal gifts. He worked at the College until his retirement in 2010.

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Kurt Hertzfeld (1918–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Kurt Hertzfeld on Sept. 13, 2015. Hertzfeld was appointed treasurer of the College in 1968 and retired in the early 1980s.

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Miriam McEwan (d. 2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Miriam McEwan on June 18, 2015. McEwan came to the College in 1969 as a librarian in the Department of Music. In 1976, she moved to Frost Library and became a cataloging assistant. She retired in 1992.

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Fredric L. Cheyette (1932–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of Fredric L. Cheyette, professor of history, emeritus, on April 14, 2015. Professor Cheyette joined the faculty of the Department of History in 1963 and retired in 2005.

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John B. Halsted (1926–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of John B. Halsted, the Henry Winkley Professor of History, Emeritus, on Feb. 25, 2015. Halsted joined the faculty of the Department of History in 1952 and retired in 1997.

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Irene A. Walas (1933–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of Irene A. Walas on Jan. 23, 2015. Walas worked for the College in the Office of Administrative Services and Mailing Center from 1968 through her retirement in 1999, and then as a casual employee for many years thereafter. Her daughter-in-law, Jayne Walas, works in the College’s Advancement Operations.

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Mary Barkowski (1908–2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of Mary Barkowski on Jan. 8, 2015. Barkowski served as the College’s nurse and supervisor of the clinic from 1935 until her retirement in 1975.

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