Joseph T. Skerrett (1943 - 2015)

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BELCHERTOWN - Joseph T. Skerrett, emeritus professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, died unexpectedly at his Belchertown home on July 25th.

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, Professor Skerrett was educated at St. Francis College, Johns Hopkins University and Yale University.

At UMass, he directed the American Studies program and published research about Afro American literature and culture. Professor Skerrett played a leading role in MELUS, a national academic association that focuses on multi-ethnic literature of the United States. He served as editor-in- chief the associations' quarterly journal.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 31, 2015
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