Our Donors

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mrs. Sweeney

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Trustee and Mrs. Thomas

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mrs. Margot Connell

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Mrs. Mary D. Sullivan

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

Please address thank you notes to:
Dr. and Mr. Sullivan

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mrs. Cross

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mrs. Biron

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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.

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

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Ms. McDonald

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Ms. McDonald

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Ms. St. Martin

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Ms. Hall

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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.

Please address thank you notes to:
Ms. Ankeles & Mrs. Wilchins

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Ms. Estelle E. Peterson

This scholarship was established by Estelle Peterson in memory of her son, Matthew, who died in an apartment fire in Amherst in February 1991.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Peterson

Ms. Helen E. Timson

Ms. Helen E. Timson

Helen Timson graduated from UMass Amherst in 1946 with a BA in English.

Ms. Julie Stubbs and Mr. Petr Jirovsky

Ms. Julie Stubbs and Mr. Petr Jirovsky

Born in 1928 in the African American community of Lost Creek, Indiana near Terre Haute, Dr. Perry earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana State University in 1967. Dr. Perry’s first trip to Africa was in 1968 as leader of a team of students from Colby Women’s College (New Hampshire) to conduct a secretarial training project at the University of Nairobi, funded by Crossroads Africa. From 1971-1973, she trained a group of Peace Corps volunteers at Texas Southern University to serve in Sierra Leone. In 1974, she led a special educational delegation to Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia. From 1973-1976, she trained Peace Corps paramedical volunteers in Kenya, lectured at the University of Nairobi and served as consultant to the US Information Service in Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia. In 1976, she was appointed Staff Development Officer at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa. Having joined the faculty of Texas Southern University in 1971, she served as an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Teacher Corps/Peace Corps, later becoming a full Professor and Dean of International Affairs from 1978-1982. In 1982, Dr. Shepard Perry was appointed by the Reagan Administration to be Chief of the Education and Human Resources Division in the Africa Bureau of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she remained until 1986.

In 1986, Dr. Perry was appointed Ambassador to Sierra Leone by President Ronald Reagan, serving in that role with notable success despite political and social tensions that later erupted in civil war. In 1989, President George H. Bush again called upon her expertise, and asked Dr. Shepard Perry to serve as Ambassador to Burundi. In both roles she worked with keen intelligence to increase the stature of the United State and to navigate relations with diplomacy and tact.

In 1996, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Shepard Perry as Regent of Texas Woman’s University, where she served until 2001, when he appointed her to be U.S. Executive Director of the African Development Bank, in Abidjan, and later Tunisia. After her retirement from this post in 2007, she returned to Houston, where she currently serves as Honorary Consul General of Rwanda, appointed by President Kagame, and confirmed by US Dept. of State as an honorary position.

Please address thank you letters to: Ambassador Perry.

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Nancy Cullen

Attorney Nancy Cullen is a 1976 political science graduate of UMass Amherst who was a member of the University Honors Program. As a student, she was a member of the UMass Minutemen Marching Band, and her scholarship recognizes students who successfully pursue the challenging honors curriculum as well as the demands of the band. Attorney Cullen received her J.D. in 1979 from Boston College and was a practicing attorney in the areas of Institutional Investment Law, Capital Markets, Lease Finance, Private Finance, Commercial Loans, and Loan Restructuring. She retired as Partner from Day Pitney LLC and spends her time in retirement working for animal welfare organizations. Attorney Cullen served for many years on the Commonwealth Honors College Advisory Board.

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Nathaniel G. Clark, M.D.

Dr. Nathaniel G. Clark is an Endocrinologist specializing in diabetes. He came to the University of Massachusetts Amherst after graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy. At UMass, he majored in Biochemistry and participated in the University Honors Program. After graduation, Clark attended and received a Master’s degree in Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism from MIT and received further training in nutrition at the University of California. He worked as a Registered Dietician at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston prior to completing medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. He then completed a combined Internal Medicine – Pediatrics residency and a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.

Diabetes is the common theme of Dr. Clark’s career. he was on the faculty at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and established the Vermont Regional Diabetes Center. He also served as Vice President – Clinical Affairs at the American Diabetes Association, and as a Medical Advisor in Diabetes for Novo Nordisk, a leading diabetes company. Clark currently practices Endocrinology in Plymouth and Sandwich, MA. His support for Commonwealth Honors College is based on the very positive experiences he had while at UMass Amherst taking honors courses and completing an honors research project.

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Please address your thank you letter to Dr. Clark.

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Peter Bloom

Peter L. Bloom is a 1978 graduate of UMass Amherst who was a member of the University Honors Program as an undergraduate. He created the Kenneth L. O’Brien Scholarship to honor his cross-country coach and the tight-knit community of runners coach O’Brien fostered. In the coach O’Brien tradition, Bloom connects current scholarship recipients with scholarship alumni on an annual basis and encourages alumni to give back to the University.

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Please address your thank you letter to the Mr. Bloom and O’Brien Alumni Donors.

Peter Malone

Peter Malone

Dr. Peter Malone is a 1975 graduate of UMass Amherst. He was a history major and was a student in the University Honors Program. He earned his PhD in 1983 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School.

Between 1985 and 2013, Dr. Malone served as Senior Managing Director of CSP Associates, Inc. – a firm he co-founded. CSP is a leading strategy advisory firm, specializing in the aerospace, defense and information technology sectors. The firm provides strategic advisory services to major industrial corporations, foreign and domestic governments and financial investors. In 2013, he joined the Carlyle Group as Operating Executive in the Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Group.

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President Martin T. Meehan

President Martin T. Meehan

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Rachel and John Morton

John and Rachel Morton are both 1966 graduates of UMass Amherst. They met in a mathematics class.

John Morton was raised in Maine and attended UMass Amherst after spending four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He went on to earn his J.D. from Harvard University Law School in 1969. He has founded and held leadership roles in multiple high tech encryption, optical, plastics and chemical enterprises. He retired as a senior partner at Hale and Dorr, LLC, where he worked with high-ranking government officials in the US, China and Eastern European countries to design and implement legal, business, and economic structures necessary to achieve democratization, privatization and economic stabilization. Morton serves on the Commonwealth Honors College Advisory Board.

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Please address your thank you letter to Mr. & Mrs. Morton.

Richard and Geraldine Wise

Richard and Geraldine Wise

Mary Margaret (Meg) Whittaker-Webster passed away in 2008 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was the beloved daughter of Mary C. Whittaker ’ 57 of Somerset, MA, and Thomas C. Whittaker ‘61 of Boca Raton, FL; wife of Sam Webster; and niece of Geraldine Wise ’ 61. Meg was a 1981 graduate of the Moses Brown School, Providence, RI; a 1985 education graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’ s degree graduate in social work of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Meg had a fulfilling career as a psychiatric social worker.

Richard A. Wise is a 1948 engineering graduate of Brown University and received his Juris Doctorate in 1952 from Boston University. Richard is the father of Andrew D. Wise ’90 Geology, for whom a similar memorial fund has been established in the Geosciences Department. Richard had a career as a patent attorney.

Geraldine C. Wise is a 1961 history graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and had a career in insurance marketing.

Please address thank you letters to: Mrs. Wise.

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Roger Lewenberg

The Honorable Roger S. Lewenberg is a 1974 graduate of UMass Amherst, who was part of the University Honors Program and BDIC. He is an Administrative Judge for the Department of Industrial Accidents, part of the Massachusetts Department of Labor. Judge Lewenberg’s siblings, children, and other family members are UMass Amherst graduates, and they created the Lewenberg Family Scholarship to honor the family’s many connections to the university.

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Please address your thank you letter to the Judge Lewenberg and Family.

Scholarship Selection Committee for the Walter P. Wilson Plumbers and Gasfitters Local Union No. 12 Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Selection Committee for the Walter P. Wilson Plumbers and Gasfitters Local Union No. 12 Scholarship Fund

For students attending any undergraduate or graduate classes at any of the University campuses. Candidates are recommended to the University by the AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee based upon a competitive selection process.

Please address thank you notes to:
Scholarship Selection Committee for the Walter P. Wilson Plumbers and Gasfitters Local Union No. 12 Scholarship Fund

Suffolk Construction

Suffolk Construction

The Suffolk Cares Scholarship was established in 2018 by Suffolk Cares Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Boston-based company, Suffolk Construction. The gift was made in honor of the inauguration of President Martin T. Meehan.

Salutation for thank you letter: Mr. John Fish

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The Estate of Elizabeth Rountree

The Joseph and Elizabeth Rountree Merit Scholarship was established by the Estate of Elizabeth Rountree to attract and retain high-performing incoming first-year CHC students who demonstrate outstanding talents and abilities.

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The Estate of Linda Lockwood

Linda Lockwood, professor of environmental science, was the director of the UMass Amherst Honors Program from 1982 to 1992. She passed away in 2009 after a long illness. Lockwood assumed leadership of the honors program at a critical time and left her mark with programs and initiatives that are still in place today. Commonwealth Honors College received a bequest gift from Lockwood’s estate that allows the college to support talented honors students; a meaningful legacy from a leader who paved the way for the honors program to become a college.

Born in New York City, Lockwood attended Columbia University, where she received her B.S. in 1960. She earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Teachers College in 1965 and a Ph.D. botany in 1969 from Columbia University Graduate Faculty of Pure Science. Lockwood joined the faculty as an associate professor of environmental sciences at UMass Amherst in 1973 and taught interdisciplinary courses in environmental science education and techniques, ecology, and biology. In 1982, Lockwood was named the part-time director of the UMass Amherst Honors Program. She also served as a departmental honors coordinator and undergraduate advisor for the department of environmental science. Lockwood took on the director role at a time when Honors Program enrollments
had dipped. By the time she was named full-time Honors Program Director in 1985, student membership in the program had doubled from 200 to 400 students. By 1987, Honors Program membership had increased to 600 undergraduates.

At the time when she was appointed full-time director in 1985, Lockwood told the Daily Collegian, “The most important thing for me is to make sure that the Honors Program has a human face.” Under her leadership, the Honors Program developed a residential program in Orchard Hill, a Labor Day weekend orientation, increased the number of honors course offerings on campus and made the program more visible on campus and nationwide. Lockwood’s participation in the National Collegiate Honors Council brought the UMass Amherst Honors Program to national attention, especially when she was elected to the council’s executive committee in 1992.

The gift from the Lockwood estate is one more way in which Linda Lockwood has left her mark on
honors education at UMass Amherst. The gift is in an endowment fund that supports operations and the Linda Lockwood Opportunity Scholarship.

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Thomas G. Wrenn

This scholarship was established through a bequest from Thomas G. Wrenn, in memory of his daughter Marlane S. Wrenn.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mrs. McLaughlin and Ms. Wrenn

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Tina Brown-Stevenson & Harry C. Stevenson

The Tina Brown-Stevenson and Harry C. Stevenson Diverse Scholar Healthcare Fund was established by alumni Tina Brown-Stevenson ‘78 and Harry C. Stevenson ’71. Brown-Stevenson has dedicated her career to the field of health care. At the time she established this fund, she was Senior Vice President, Health System Analytics and Decision Support for UnitedHealthcare (UHC). She earned her B.S. in nursing at UMass Amherst, an MA degree in Health Administration from Framingham State College (now University), and has completed post-graduate work in health informatics. She serves on the board of trustees of the Connecticut Health Foundation, the board of the UnitedHealth Foundation, the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Board, and has served on the boards of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls and the Aetna Foundation. In 2010, her contributions to health care earned her national recognition in the annual “Women Worth Watching” issue of the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Brown-Stevenson has served as a member of the Commonwealth Honors College Advisory Board since 2012.

Harry C. Stevenson graduated from UMass Amherst in 1971 with a major in sociology and minor in chemistry. He earned a master’s in quality engineering from Anna Maria College. He worked in quality control in chemical testing for products throughout his career. Now retired, Stevenson spends his time supporting Tina. Though both alumni, the Stevensons met after attending UMass. They married in 1978 and have a son and a daughter. Together the couple hope to support students interested in health care and particularly to encourage underrepresented students to pursue such careers. They recognize that there is an underrepresentation of people of color in health care and believe that changing that could help diminish health care disparities. Given that there are many ways to impact health care, the Stevensons are pleased to support students interested in traditional careers in health care as well as those who paths may lead them into clinical research, biomedical engineering, chemistry, public health, community health, informatics, and other fields that contribute to health care.

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Please address your thank you letter to Mr. Stevenson and Mrs. Brown-Stevenson.