Our Donors

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Members of the Class of 1954

This fund was established by the Class of 1954 as a 35th reunion gift.

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Mr. & Mrs. Craig

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Members of the Class of 1957

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1957.

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Ms. Moriarty

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Members of the Class of 1958

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1958.

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Members of the Class of 1958

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Members of the Class of 1960

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1960.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Moriarty

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Members of the Class of 1965

This fund was established by the Class of 1965 in conjunction with their 50th reunion at UMass Amherst.

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Members of the Class of 1965

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Members of the Class of 1965

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1965.

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Mr. O’Sullivan

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Members of the Class of 1968

This fund was established by members of the Class of 1968.

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Dr. Allen J. Davis

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Members of the Class of 1971

This fund was estabalished by members of the Class of 1971.

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Members of the Class of 1971

Miss Marylin C. Haley

Miss Marylin C. Haley

Marylin Haley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from UMass Amherst in 1966. She had a public school teaching career, retiring from the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (MA). Haley subsequently worked in elder care services as an activities director at the – Charlesgate Manor and Emerson Village in Watertown, MA.

Mr. and Mrs. Dodge

Mr. and Mrs. Dodge

The University of Massachusetts Foundation created the Dodge Scholarship, designed to assist high-achieving students enrolled at the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Medical School campuses with demonstrated financial need.

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Mr. and Mrs. Dodge

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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

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. & Mrs. Panciocco

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Briggs

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Freer & Mrs. Apkin-Freer

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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

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Thomas

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Mr. James Bonsey

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. James Bonsey

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mrs. Birmingham

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Marshall

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. O’Connell

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Mr. Joseph E. Casey, '80

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

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Casey

Mr. Marcus Camby

Mr. Marcus Camby

The Janice Camby Endowed Scholarship was established by Mr. Marcus Camby in honor of his mother, Janice Camby.

Salutation for thank you letters: Ms. Janice Camby

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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. Philip Katz

Mr. Philip Katz

Betty Ann Spigel was born November 4, 1950, to Abraham 0. and Dorothy Aronson Spigel in Boston, Massachusetts. Betty was a middle child, with an older brother Paul, and a younger brother Marc. Betty was first educated in the Boston Public Schools, and later attended the Newton, MA Public Schools, graduating from Newton South High School in 1968.

Betty attended the University of Massachusetts-Boston for freshman year, and transferred to the Amherst campus for her final three years. At Amherst she began dating a good friend of her brother Paul, Phil Katz. The romance blossomed, and on August 29, 1971 they were married. Betty graduated in May 1972 with a BA in Elementary Education.

Betty always knew she wanted to be an elementary school teacher. She did her student teaching in the Amherst, MA and Concord, MA public school systems. In September 1972 she began her teaching career as a second grade teacher in Concord, MA, where she taught both second and third grades. Betty left teaching after the 1977-78 school year to be a full time mother to her sons Gregg, born October 1978, and Matthew, born February 1981.

Betty returned to teaching as a part-time Title 1 teacher in the Framingham, MA School System when Matthew began first grade. Her colleagues and superiors recognized her special talents and asked her to train to be a Reading Recovery teacher in the Framingham School System. 1994-95 was a year of intense study and training to complete the program.

Reading Recovery is a school-based, short-term intervention designed for children in first grade who are the lowest achieving in literacy based on standardized testing at the beginning of the school year. Before the intervention, these children are often not able to read the simplest of books or write their own name. Reading Recovery involves intensive one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes a day for between 12 and 20 weeks. Betty was masterful in helping children build on their strengths, and achieved an amazing success rate with her Reading Recovery students. After starting as the lowest achieving readers, over 90% of her students finished first grade at or above grade level.

Betty formally retired in December 2010 when the Reading Recovery program was terminated due to budgetary issues, but continued working part-time in the literacy center at Barbieri and Brophy Schools. The literacy center at Brophy Elementary School in Framingham is named in her honor.

Betty loved her students and was devoted to teaching. She changed the lives of her students and remained in touch with many of them. Her family, friends and colleagues recall that Betty always had a smile, boundless energy, optimism and the stamina to work diligently and tirelessly to make the world a better place, one child at a time.

Salutation for thank you letter: Mr. Philip Katz

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mrs. Wyman

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Robert Kraft

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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.”

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Thimot

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. & Mrs. Hill

Mrs. Alma Keilty

Mrs. Alma Keilty

Mr. Keilty, husband of Anna (White) Keilty, passed away on July 1, 1996. Keilty was born December 8, 1937, in Watertown, a son of Mortimer M. Keilty of Naugatuck and the late Eleanor (Drapeau) Keilty. He had a distinguished career as an educator and an innovator in management development and workplace quality. He taught at Heminway Park School in Watertown and taught mathematics at Swift Junior High School in Oakville, where he also served as vice principal. He served as a professor at the University of Bridgeport and other academic institutions, and was a recipient of National Teacher of the Year honors. He worked closely with the late renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead. He received an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a M.A. from Fairfield University and a B.S. from Western Connecticut State University.

Mr. Keilty was executive vice president, quality and human resources, at American Express Co. from 1991-1996. From 1981 to 1991, he was was management director and founder of Keilty, Goldsmith & Co., a California-based management consulting firm. His work provided the basis for leadership development in many corporations and organizations throughout the world. He was a U.S. Army peacetime veteran.

Salutation for thank you letter: Mrs. Alma Keilty