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July 22, 2018

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October 30, 2017
I was in Amherst on the week-end of the 20th for Homecoming, the day of Professor Tager's funeral. By chance, I pinched an Amherst Bulletin from the Lord Jeff and happened on the obit. I matriculated in 1975, the same year Professor Tager came to UMass. I was a history major then, and am now, perhaps, myself an historian, so one of my stops was Herter Hall. Of course the names on the doors had changed, but my memories of Prof. Tager are still vivid. The beard had not as yet turned gray. The enthusiasm he had for his labor and for life was robust. But one can see it etched in his face in the photograph of him later in life provided here. He taught me the Progressive Era of course, but also a seminar in Psycho-History. It was all the rage in the mid-seventies. I recall him shouting in class once 'You never get over your parents.' Well sir, you never get over your mentors. I only hope that I have touched students in the same way and to a similar extent as you moved me.
October 17, 2017
I am deeply saddened by Professor Tager's passing. He was a highly regarded historian, profoundly committed teacher, and an individual of high principals. He could be gruff at times and never tolerated academic mediocrity, but I always considered him a supportive and encouraging mentor. I don't think I was the best student he ever had, but he was certainly the best professor I ever had. My sympathies go to all of the members of his family. Regards, Kip Fonsh, Leverett, MA
October 17, 2017
I share Patricia's grief and mourn for the passing of her beloved husband who touched the lives of so many friends, family members, and students.
October 16, 2017
I feel lucky to have been able to spend some time with and get to know Jack over the years. I admired his intellect and his wit. You could count on Jack for a well-reasoned perspective and distinct point of view on any issue. And if you didn't agree with him, that was ok. When I once shared that, even though I lived through the 60s, I never understood the Vietnam era; he provided a 20 minute soup-to-nut synopsis that encapsulated the history and the politics that put it all in perspective. He had a gift and shared it generously. He made our world a better place and I will miss him.