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Dean of UMass’ Honors College Dies

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The dean of the University of Massachusetts’ honors college has died after a long battle with breast cancer.

The university said in a statement that Priscilla Clarkson, dean of Commonwealth Honors College on the Amherst campus, died at her Leverett home on Sunday. She was 66.

Clarkson was a professor of kinesiology and a nationally recognized researcher in muscle function.

In her 36-year career at UMass, Clarkson authored more than 200 scientific publications and became a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. She received her undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees from UMass.

She was appointed dean of Commonwealth Honors College in 2006.

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said Clarkson was “a tireless champion and advocate,” of the honors college, which is opening a new living/classroom building this semester.

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