John "Jack" Pemberton (d. 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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Nasser Hussain (d. 2015)

Amherst College notes the passing of Nasser Hussain, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, on Nov. 8, 2015. Hussain began teaching at the College in 1996.

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An obituary is viewable here. Information about a memorial service will be added to this page as it becomes available.

The following message from Dean of the Faculty Catherine Epstein was emailed to the College community on Nov. 10: 

Dear Members of the Amherst Community,

I write with the tragic news that Nasser Hussain, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, passed away on Sunday evening, November 8, after an extended illness. A beloved teacher, scholar, colleague, mentor, and friend, Nasser, an internationally recognized historian and theorist of law and colonialism, brought brilliance, passion, and a deep commitment to principle to all that he undertook. Beyond the accomplishments of his intellectual life, Nasser was known for his irreverent wit, tremendous kindness, and unfailing generosity. He began teaching at Amherst in 1996 and has inspired countless students and colleagues. 

Plans for a memorial service for Nasser are in the formative stages, and we will inform you when we learn more.  

With great sadness for the loss we share,

Catherine Epstein
Dean of the Faculty
Professor of History

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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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