A Look Back
50 Years Ago
∎ Dr. J. Englebert Dunphy, son of Dr. M.M. Dunphy of Dryads Green, today assumes the presidency of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Dunphy is professor and chairman of surgery at the University of Oregon Medical School.
∎ A technique developed in the Northampton school system will receive national attention as the result of an article published by the technique’s developer, James M. Parsons, audio-visual aids director. Parsons explains how he has converted everyday window shades in the city’s schools to blackout curtains — at minimum expense. The secret is latex paint.
25 Years Ago
∎ Tonight at the Depot Restaurant about 65 members of the Class of 1968 from the former Northampton Commercial College will reunite for the first time in 20 years. It is believed to be the first organized reunion of the school’s students.
∎ Teachers at Northampton High School have established a scholarship fund in the memory of Robert Sullivan, a popular math and computer teacher who died July 31. The scholarship will go to a graduating senior from the school each year.
10 Years Ago
∎ For the first time since 2000, the chrysanthemums will be in bloom at Smith College. The college’s annual chrysanthemum show, a staple since the early 1900s, was canceled during the last two years as the Lyman Conservatory underwent renovations.
∎ The Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts have sent out a letter to all lawmakers stating their opposition to domestic partnership legislation. “Domestic partnership bills would recognize homosexual relationships for the purpose of extending various socioeconomic benefits,” they wrote. “The church opposes this recognition.”