Our Donors

Mr. Brian L. Crowley,

Mr. Brian L. Crowley, '78 and Mrs. Jane C. Crowley, '77

This scholarship fund was created by Brian L. Crowley, ‘78 and Jane C. Crowley, ’77. Mr. Crowley is the President of Food Service Sales at Ken’s Foods, Inc.

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Mr. & Mrs. Crowley

Mr. Cass Panciocco,

Mr. Cass Panciocco, '82

Cass G. Panciocco established this scholarship as a tributre to the life and legacy of his father, Gaspare G. Panciocco. Gaspare “Cass” G. Panciocco was a World War II combat veteran in the medical corps and a career Boston Fire Fighter. He was a hero to many throughout his life, saving many lives both as a medic and a firefighter. He had five children who thought he was bigger than life and who have decided to establish this scholarship to assist his firefighting brothers and sisters with the educational expenses of their children. Mr. Panciocco enjoyed his trips to UMass Amherst when he visited his son and friends and seemed to enjoy the campus and the college lifestyle, which he never had a chance to experience.

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Mr. & Mrs. Panciocco

Mr. David W.Briggs,

Mr. David W.Briggs, '68

David W. Briggs, a 1968 graduate of the University, created this scholarship to honor his mother, Jean S. Briggs. David received a bachelor of arts degree from the Department of Government now known as the Department of Political Science. While at the University, he sang with the University Chorale and was also a member of the Symphonic Band. After receiving his undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst, he served in the United States Air Force. He then continued his studies at the George Washington University Law School, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1975.

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Mr. Briggs

Mr. Donald Freer

Mr. Donald Freer

Donald Freer established this scholarship in honor of his wife, Margaret Murach. Margaret (Murach) Apkin-Freer was born in Adams, Massachusetts and was raised in North Adams. She attended Durry High School and graduated with high honors in the National Honor Society in 1975. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from UMass Amherst in 1979. Her early professional career was spent working in the retail industry for: G. Fox & Co. in Hartford, CT; Filene’s Department Store in downtown Boston; Marshalls, Inc. in Woburn, MA; and later as a Store Manager for Marshalls, Inc. in Latham, NY. She worked part- and full-time as a Special Events Coordinator and Development Coordinator for the Berkshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross for 22 years. While at the Red Cross, she was honored with the Abby Brent Service Award and a Commendation from the Massachusetts State Senate in the early 90’s. Margaret also served as the Director of Development for the Pittsfield Community Music School. Serving on the Board of Directors for the PCMS, the Kids’ Place and the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, she helped to expand those organizations’ visibility and fulfill their missions. Margaret is the mother of Joshua, a graduate of Indiana University -Bloomington, and Elizabeth, a magna cum laude graduate of Northeastern University. She is a practitioner of yoga and a certified Reiki Master. Currently, Margaret is a self-employed Marketing and Development Specialist working primarily with non-profit organizations in Berkshire County where she and her husband, Donald, live with Petey, a Lhasa Apso and Frankie, a Teacup Maltese.

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Mr. Freer & Mrs. Apkin-Freer

Mr. Frank R. O

Mr. Frank R. O'Keefe, Jr., '51 and Mrs. Patricia F. O'Keefe

This fund was established by Frank R. O’Keefe, ‘51. Mr. O’Keefe retired in 1988 as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Armtek Corporation (producer of automotive materials, components and systems), having assumed that position in 1986. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Armstrong Rubber Company from 1980 to 1986. Following his retirement from Armtek, Mr. O’Keefe served as President of Long Wharf Capital Partners, Inc. (business investments) from 1988 to 1990. He was an independent business consultant from 1990 to 1995. Mr. O’Keefe is a Director of The United Illuminating Company.

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Mr. & Mrs. O’Keefe

Mr. Gregory S. Thomas,

Mr. Gregory S. Thomas, '91

This scholarship was established by UMass Foundation Board member, Gregory Thomas, ’91. Mr. Thomas earned his undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst and his MBA from Clark Atlanta University. He is an emerging innovations group manufacturing strategist at Corning Incorporated. Prior to moving into his current role, he held various positions at Corning: manufacturing and capital controller of display technologies, manager of manufacturing strategy for display technologies, product line manager at Corning Cable Systems, and manager for global cable manufactursing strategy at Corning Cable Systems. He began his professional career as an operations analyst at Coca Cola, then as an operations analyst at Union Pacific Railroad. In addition to serving on the UMass Foundation Board, Mr. Thomas is a member of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, Monitory Program Director of the UMass Amherst/Corning Incorporated PHD, member of the Board of Directors of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Northern Province, President of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Corning-Elmira Alumni Chapter – Polemarch and a member of the International Rotary Club of Corning.

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Mr. Thomas

Mr. James Bonsey

Mr. James Bonsey

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Mr. James Bonsey

Mr. James G. Birmingham and Mrs. Carolyn Birmingham

Mr. James G. Birmingham and Mrs. Carolyn Birmingham

This scholarship was established by James G. and Carolyn Birmingham. Even though the Birminghams have had no direct connection with the university, they have a strong commitment to public education and felt that UMass Amherst, as the flagship campus of the Commonwealth’s university system, would be the appropriate place for the administration of this scholarship in order to reach diverse and deserving students. James and Carolyn are Trustees of the James G. & Carolyn Birmingham Foundation and the Piecework Partners Foundation, which provides disadvantaged youth with social services, extracurricular activities and mentors in order to encourage them to stay in school. The couple resides in Lincoln, MA.

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Mrs. Birmingham

Mr. James R. Marshall,

Mr. James R. Marshall, '49

This scholarship is named after the late James O’Neil and his wife the late Mary (Flynn) O’Neil, both of whom worked for Ludlow Manufacturing Associates during the early 1900s. The couple’s three daughters, Florence, Marion and Alice, all attended Ludlow Public schools and went on to continue their education. Two of the daughters attended what is now the University of Massachusetts. The scholarship is funded through the Marshall Family Trust, set up by the O’Neil’s son-in-law, James Marshall.

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Mr. Marshall

Mr. John F. O

Mr. John F. O'Connell, Jr., '70

John F. O’Connell, Jr. created this fund in honor of his parents, John F. and Margaret P. O’Connell. John O’Connell, his brother, first wife Catherine and daughter were all UMass Amherst students. John earned his BS in Chemistry from the College of Natural Sciences ‘69-’70,and his MBA from the Isenberg School of Management ‘72. While still a student John founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series and was President of the Distinguished Visitors Program. After his graduation, John was a member of the UMass Amherst community, working as the Director of Alumni Relations from 1973 until 1978. John served as a member of the Board of Directors of the UMass Foundation, Inc. from 1976-1999. During that time he was an extremely involved and valued Director serving as: Executive Secretary, 1976-77; Executive Director, 1978; Executive Vice President, 1979-1983; and finally as President, 1984-87. Following his service to the UMass Foundation, John joined Concept Industries as their VP of Administration and Finance. In 1988 he joined Freeman, rising to his current position of President. Freeman is the leading global partner for live expositions, conventions, corporate events and exhibits internationally. It is headquartered in North America and the U.K. producing more than 4,300 expositions annually, including over half of the largest U.S. trade shows and 11,000 other events worldwide. John has provided active leadership within the company, personally producing several of Freeman’s largest shows including the New York International Auto Show and the Boston Seafood Show. John has a wide range of experience within the company, serving as senior vice president for the northeast, executive vice president and chief operating officer. In 2008 he became Freeman’ s President. Upon his retirement in June of 2014, John has continued as the Director of the parent board of Freeman while he and his wife Donna split their time between their homes in San Francisco and Hawaii.

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Mr. O’Connell

Mr. Joseph E. Casey,

Mr. Joseph E. Casey, '80

Joseph Casey is a graduate of UMass Amherst, College of Social and Behavioral Science Class of 1980.

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Mr. Casey

Mr. Ned A. Dubilo,

Mr. Ned A. Dubilo, '71 and Ms. Grace Zimmerman

Ned Dubilo, ‘71 is a financial consultant at the Dubilo Hill Group in Boston and his wife, Grace Zimmerman, is an adjunct Professor at Brandeis University. Ned, is a native of Holyoke whose identification with the campus far predates his undergraduate days. From the age of four onwards he accompanied his father to the UMass playing fields where the senior Dubilo would officiate football scrimmages. His generosity now provides scholarship support to deserving students from his hometown. Mr. Dubilo received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1971, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He is the former Chairman of the Board and previous Board Member of the world-renowned Judge Baker Children’s Center of Boston, which serves as a research, training and service delivery center for emotionally distressed children. As a former 10-year Trustee of the University of Massachusetts, he served as Chairman of the Administration and Finance Committee, which oversees the entire University system budget. Mr. Dubilo also served as a member of Morgan Stanley’s Directors’ Advisory Group, a small group of select Financial Consultants who work closely with the firm’s senior management. In 1995, he was a recipient of Registered Representative’s Outstanding Financial Consultants Award, a national honor. He is a current member of the Hearing Board for the New York Stock Exchange and the Association of Professional Investment Consultants (APIC). He is a member of the National Board of Governors for the American Jewish Committee, where he serves as the treasurer and secretary.

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Mr. Dubilo & Ms. Zimmerman

Mr. Richard W. Hubbard,

Mr. Richard W. Hubbard, '35

This scholarship was established by Richard W. Hubbard in honor of his father, George Hubbard. George was never able to go to college, but released Richard from his farm work so that he could attend Mass State. Richard worked while attending college and earned every penny of his college and living costs while at Mass State. Jane Wyman, is Richard’s daughter.

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Mrs. Wyman

Mr. Robert A. Martin

Mr. Robert A. Martin

Robert Martin and Dorothy Bogdan were married on October 23, 1948 and shared a wonderful life together. Robert grew up in Ludlow, MA, and served in World War II as an artillery mechanic in Europe, including duty in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. After returning home in 1946, he worked as a welder for many years for several different companies. Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper for many years for several companies. She had dreams earlier in her life of being a teacher, which she unfortunately never had the opportunity to pursue for financial reasons. Robert’s love of his wife and their belief in the value of education has inspired him to establish this scholarship.

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Dr. Bienia

Mr. Robert Kraft

Mr. Robert Kraft

The Myra Kraft Community Leadership Scholarship was established in 2013 with a generous donation from Mr. Robert K. Kraft with collaboration and financial support of the New England Patriots organizations, to honor the late Myra Hiatt Kraft to provide financial support to deserving UMass undergraduate students who are actively involved in community service. Mrs. Kraft was known for her leadership, passion and dedication to public service.

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Mr. Robert Kraft

Mr. Robert P. Thimot,

Mr. Robert P. Thimot, '53 and Mrs. Barbara A. Thimot

This scholarship was established by Robert P. and Barbara A. Thimot. George Thimot, Jr. is Robert’s twin brother. From Robert’s obituary: “Robert Peter (Bob) Thimot, 84, passed away in 2013 having been predeceased by his wife Barbara. Bob and Barbara retired to Reno in 1985 because he loved fly fishing, shooting craps, and poker. They quickly adopted Reno as their home and became enthusiastic westerners. Wanting to give something back to his hometown back east, Bob established the Robert P. Thimot Scholarship at his alma mater the University of Massachusetts for graduates of Hudson High School. He and Barbara were also generous donors to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation and set up the Robert & Barbara Thimot Scholarship at Truckee Meadows Community College. Bob and his twin brother George were born in 1929 in Boston, the sons of the late George and Jesse Thimot. He joined the army after attending Hudson High School in Hudson, Massachusetts and served in Korea. He attended the University of Massachusetts on the GI Bill, graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Out of college he worked for Chrysler in Michigan and earned a Masters in Automotive Engineering from the Chrysler Institute. He went back to Hudson to work with his father and founded the Hudson Lock Company. He oversaw the growth of the Company from a small start-up to a 600 employee manufacturer that in its heyday produced 15 million locks a year. After retiring to Reno, he and Barbara travelled extensively. When home, he could usually be found thigh deep in a promising trout stream or at a local hold em tournament.”

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Mr. Thimot

Mr. Russell Hill and Mrs. Loris Hill

Mr. Russell Hill and Mrs. Loris Hill

This scholarship fund was established by Russell and Loris Hill, in memory of their son Todd. Todd R. Hill ’90 majored in Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity—serving at the national level on the Student Advisory Committee. Todd was Vice President of the African American Students Association and Task Force Leader of the University Council. He attended public schools in Framingham, MA where he was a multi-sport athlete. Todd, an Account Executive for QRS Corporation, a California-based, e-commerce firm, was a victim of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.

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Mr. & Mrs. Hill

Mrs. Claudette C. Sweeney,

Mrs. Claudette C. Sweeney, '57 and Members of the Class of 1957

This scholarship was established with Claudette C. Sweeney, member of the Class of 1957 as the lead donor, in memory of The Honorable John T. Sweeney, Claudette’s husband. The Honorable John “Jack” T. Sweeney was a member of the Class of 1956, with a major in History and a concentration in Political Science. Upon graduation from UMass Amherst, Jack went on to earn a degree from Suffolk University Law School, and had a successful career that eventually led him to serve as a United States Administrative Law Judge for 25 years. Jack was active in numerous civic and political activities in Reading and Boston, but was most proud of his work for UMass Amherst as a past member of the Board of Trustees, past president of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association, and a variety of other committees for his Alma Mater. Jack passed away after a long illness at 71 years of age, shortly after he attended and celebrated his 50th Reunion at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Mrs. Sweeney

Mrs. Devonia M. Thomas,

Mrs. Devonia M. Thomas, '73 and Mr. Henry M. Thomas, III.

Henry M. Thomas, III established this scholarship. Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology; Masters of Arts degree in Human Resource Development from American International College; and a Jurisprudence Doctorate degree from Western New England University – School of Law. He has also received honorary Doctoral Degrees from BayPath College and Westfield State University; and completed the Senior Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Public Policy. On June 27, 2012, after serving as a member since September 2007, Mr. Thomas was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Massachusetts. He also currently serves as President of the Urban League of Springfield. and is a Trustee of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, the UMass Building Authority and the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Mr. Thomas is a Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the New Leadership Charter School and is Presdident/CEO of the Urgan League of Springfield, Inc. Mrs. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the College of Our Lady of the Elms and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After serving as a classroom teacher for 19 years in the Springfield School system, Mrs. Thomas retired as a Vice Principal for Boland Elementary School. Further, she served as Executive Director of the Urban League’s historic Camp Atwater for 15 years. Camp Atwater is a residential summer camp experience for youth that assists in the academic and social growth and development.

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Trustee and Mrs. Thomas

Mr. S. Lawrence Kocot,

Mr. S. Lawrence Kocot, '82

This scholarship was established in memory of Anthony Manzello by his classmate, S. Lawrence Kocot, ’82. Mr. Kocot is a Principal and National Leader at KPMG, Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight.

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Kocot

Mrs. Margot Connell

Mrs. Margot Connell

The University of Massachusetts Foundation created the Connell Scholarship, established for graduates of any public, private, or parochial high school in Lynn or Swampscott, with preference for graduates of St. Mary’s High School, Lynn.

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Mrs. Margot Connell

Mrs. Mary D. Sullivan

Mrs. Mary D. Sullivan

This scholarship was established by Mary Sullivan, in memory of her son Kevin.

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Dr. and Mr. Sullivan

Mrs. Mary-Jane Cross,

Mrs. Mary-Jane Cross, '66

This scholarship was established by Mary-Jane Cross, ’66 to honor the memory of her parents, James and Mary Cross.

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Mrs. Cross

Mrs. Vivian B. Biron

Mrs. Vivian B. Biron

Roger C. Biron was born in North Adams, Massachusetts in 1922. He was an outstanding student at Drury High School in North Adams. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst between 1940 and 1943 as an English major, but left when his U.S. Army Reserve unit was called to active duty in World War II. Although he completed his degree at New York University, his affection for UMass Amherst and for North Adams, Massachusetts remained. He loved reading, music and travel. He played the piano and sang mellifluously. He traveled widely in Europe with many stays in Italy and Switzerland. Roger occasionally had strong opinions, which he expressed quietly and rationally. He was a knowledgeable, caring, and gentle man. He died in Leonia, New Jersey in 2010, at age 88.

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Mrs. Biron

Mr. William H. Higgins and Mrs. Erika G. Higgins

Mr. William H. Higgins and Mrs. Erika G. Higgins

This scholarship fund was established by William H. and Ericka Higgins, the parents of Glenn A. Higgins, wishing to honor the memory and spirit of their son. Glenn lost his life in a tragic accident while returning home from his Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) assignment. Glenn graduated from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 1993.

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Mr. & Mrs. Higgins

Ms. Anne Marie McDonald

Ms. Anne Marie McDonald

Anne Marie McDonald established this scholarship in honor of her mother, Rose Cecelia Beary McDonald. Rose McDonald was the mother of nine children, three of whom graduated from UMass Amherst. Four of her children served in the U.S. Armed Forces. She remembered fondly her time at the 4-H Camp on campus in the 1920s.

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Ms. McDonald

Ms. Anne Marie McDonald

Ms. Anne Marie McDonald

This scholarship was established by Anne Marie McDonald, in honor of her grandmother, Elizabeth Alice Gaucher Beary. Elizabeth was the mother of twelve children. Six of her children served in the U. S. Armed Forces during WWII, and all of them returned safely. One of her grandchildren was Missing in Action in Vietnam in 1968, he was identified and buried at a later date.

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Ms. McDonald

Ms. Darline M. St. Martin

Ms. Darline M. St. Martin

Edward Tanski, a life-long resident of Easthampton, who passed away on September 24, 1996, was a very active member of the community. Because of his dedication and commitment to helping those in need, in particular those pursuing higher education, a scholarship has been set-up in his name. Ed’s involvement in many organizations through the years demonstrates his commitment to helping. Ed was director of the Easthampton Housing Authority before his retirement in March 1996. He was committed to the elderly population of Easthampton, whom he represented well through the Housing Authority. Ed’s many civic duties included involvement with the Easthampton Community Center, not only as a member, but also as chairman and treasurer. He was once a director of the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, and he attended many Chamber events until his death. Ed was also very involved with the American Legion Post 224 of Easthampton, serving as both secretary and master of ceremonies at many community events. He was a member of the Easthampton Finance Committee and a member of the Easthampton Public Library Association Board of Directors. As an avid reader; the library was a very important entity to him and he worked endlessly to assure access to all. He was also a long-time member of Town Meeting, and served as the town moderator. Through his involvement in politics Ed saw the Democratic Party become stronger. He was a member of the Easthampton Democratic Town Committee, and served as chairman for many years. He was also a member of the Hampshire Democratic Committee, and the Social Democrats U.S.A. Ed’s involvement with the town wasn’t all political. He was also a corporator and longtime secretary of the Easthampton Rod and Gun Club and a corporator of the Pulaski Club in Easthampton. Ed served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and helped to form the Easthampton Veterans Council. He was also a member of the Easthampton School Advisory Task Force. Ed believed that not all learning came from books, but rather through involvement in extracurricular activities. He was instrumental in resurrecting the Easthampton High School Band, which had been non-existent for a number of years.

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Ms. St. Martin

Ms. Deborah A. Hall,

Ms. Deborah A. Hall, '90

This scholarship was established in memory of Michael Voelker by his daughter Deborah Hall, ‘90 and her former husband Hugh Hall. Michael Voelker was born in Boston and lived in South Weymouth for many years. He earned an associate’s degree at Newbury College. Voelker served in the Navy from 1960 to 1964 and worked at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard from 1968 to 1973. After the based closed, he went to work for a Navy contractor at the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, retiring in 2006. During his time at the Naval Air Station, he was general foreman from 1981 to 1997. He was a member of the Save the Base Closing Committee and attended Old South Union Church, where he was a deacon for eight years. He also served as president of the M&M Club. Mr. Voelker enjoyed camping at the South Arm Camp Grounds in Andover, Maine, fishing, boating, music and drawing.

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Ms. Hall

Ms. Debra L. Ankeles and Mrs. Susan Wilchins

Ms. Debra L. Ankeles and Mrs. Susan Wilchins

This scholarship was established by Debra L. Ankeles and Susan Ankeles Wilchins in memory of their parents Morris J. Ankeles ’50 and Frances “Faye” Siagel ’48. Morris and Frances, who were both the children of immigrant parents and of modest backgrounds, came to the University of Massachusetts Amherst where they met in French class. Even after marrying, raising their family, and together establishing the Lakeside School in Peabody, Massachusetts, they maintained an abiding interest in and affection for UMass Amherst and cherished all that their education provided them. The Donors, in memory of their beloved parents established this endowed fund known as the Morris & Frances Ankeles Educational Scholarship.

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Ms. Ankeles & Mrs. Wilchins