Memorial Minutes

A tradition at the College for many years, the Memorial Minute is a tribute written by members of the Faculty and other members of the Amherst College Community upon the death of a colleague. Each “minute” is read by one of its authors at a regular meeting of the Faculty and is followed by a moment of silence in honor of the deceased. In 2005, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty began posting the Memorial Minutes on its Web site, beginning with those of the past decade.

Historical Faculty Memorial Minutes

It is the practice of the faculty of Amherst College for a small group of colleagues to compose a reminiscence when an active or retired colleague has recently passed away.  It is read at a faculty meeting, after which a moment of silence is observed.  Copies of the "minute" are then presented to the family and placed in the college archives. The minutes for Elizabeth Bruss and Anne Lebeck appear below.