Category Archives: Faculty and Staff

Richard B. Covell, P’70, former trustee

Richard B. Covell, 87, of Yarmouthport, MA, died Saturday April 22, 2017, after a brief period of declining health.

He was the husband of the late Helen Ruth (Powers) Covell who died in 2009. They had been married for 57 years.

Born in Ware, Mr. Covell was the son of the late Bertram M. and Ruth Mae (Launier) Covell. He was a graduate of Becker College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed graduate studies at The Graduate School of Banking, Brown University and The Management Development School at Dartmouth College.

His professional career, spanning 42 years, was spent in banking and he retired in August 1992 as CEO of Heritage Bank. In 1966 he was elected Vice President of Northampton Institution for Savings and elected President in 1968. The bank merged with Heritage Bank in 1986 and acquired Community Savings Bank of Holyoke in 1986. The combined organization had 29 offices in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties with assets exceeding $1.5 billion.

He was active in community affairs and served as Trustee of The Clarke School for 38 years, Treasurer of Look Park for 27 years, Treasurer of Applewood Living Care Community and Member of the Development Committee of Cooley Dickinson Hospital. He also served as Trustee of Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, and Trustee of Northampton School for Girls and was instrumental in the merger with Williston Academy which would then become Williston-Northampton School. As Chair of the Northampton Development Committee, he worked aggressively to promote and maintain the downtown and keep Hotel Northampton as a focal point. In 1983, Mr. Covell received the Northampton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award. He was past President of Northampton Rotary Club and in 1988 was named a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest honor for “service above self.” He was also a life member of Northampton Elks Lodge BPOE 997.

Mr. Covell is survived by his three children Jane S. Keeney ’70 and her husband, Normand of Avon CT, Richard B. Covell, Jr. and his wife, Maureen of Plymouth, and Joan C. Cooper and her husband Herb of Arlington, VA; his four grandchildren, Jennifer Keeney-Bleeg and her husband, Jim, of Bristol, England, Jeffrey A. Keeney and his wife, Jenny of Chicago, IL, Richard B. Covell, III and Eric J. Covell, both of Plymouth; and his two great grandchildren, Elliott and Julian Bleeg, both of Bristol, England. Also remembered with love and kindness is his longtime friend, Claire F. Rodrigues.

Brian A. Crockett, Faculty

0068-_3A_1287Brian A. Crockett, affectionately known as “Bubblez,” was born on January 20, 1992 in Paterson, NJ to Brenda (Williams) Crockett (deceased) and Franklin D. Crockett, Jr. He was a lifelong, active member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Passaic NJ. His love of the Lord prepared him for life.

Brian graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Rutherford, NJ and Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Most recently he joined the staff at Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts, teaching history and global studies and of course, coaching football, wrestling and track.

Brian was predeceased by his mother, Brenda; his grandmother, Annie M. Williams and his grandfather, Franklin D. Crockett, Sr. Brian loved unconditionally with great emotion and assurance and his memories will be forever in our hearts. He is greatly missed by his father, Frank D. Crockett, Jr. (Passaic, NJ); grandmother, Julia Crockett (Passaic, NJ); grandfather, Roger Williams (Castalia, NC) his God-appointed mommy, Francine Wise and Uncle Joseph Wise (Passaic, NJ); two sisters, Kelsea Crockett (Brooklyn, NY) and Latoya Bradshaw (Paterson, NJ); four great-aunts – Lois Smith (Passaic, NJ), Rosalee Neal (Bellevue, NE), Dorothy Crockett (Rutherford, NJ) and Gwendolyn Robinson (Clifton, NJ); two great-uncles – Talmadge Crockett (Hackensack, NJ) and Alonzo Moore (Passaic, NJ); six aunts – Lucy Williams (Castalia, NC), Lillie Hill (Durham, NC) Polly Adu (Union, NJ), Sherry Burton (Wendell, NC), Cornelia Bordeaux (Columbus, GA), Mazell Williams (Brooklyn, NY); five uncles – John Williams (Clifton, NJ), Mack Williams (Fort Worth, TX),Henry Williams (Vacaville, CA), Melvin Williams (Abilene, TX), Herman Williams (Alexandria, VA); two nephews – Jas’mir Taylor and DeShawn Stewart (Paterson, NJ); Godparents – Lillian McKay (Paterson, NJ), Joyce Alston (Louisburg, NC) and Arthur Miller (Clifton, NJ); cousin/brother, Branden Alston (Passaic, NJ); best friend/brother, Justyn Cruz (Orlando, FL) and a host of aunties, uncles, cousins, friends and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church family.

His favorite scripture is found in Psalms 31: 1-5.

Edward J. Chmura, Current Staff

Edward J. Chmura (1956 – 2013)

HATFIELD – Edward J. Chmura, 56, of 11 Scotland Road, passed away suddenly Monday, March 25, 2013, at home.

Born Aug. 29, 1956, in Northampton, he was the son of Mildred (Novak) Chmura and the late Eugene Chmura.  Ed grew up in Hadley but also spent much time in Hatfield farming with his family.

In 1974, he graduated from Hopkins Academy. He later earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Holyoke Community College.

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