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Five Colleges mourns loss of Amy Wordelman, director of language center

Amy Wordelman, director of the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages

On October 25, the Five College community was profoundly saddened to learn of the death of Amy Wordelman, director of the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages. After earning a PhD in religion from Princeton University, Dr. Wordelman became deeply involved in the operation and success of the language center beginning in 1997, first as a program assistant, then assistant, associate and interim director and, since 2016, director of the center. In more than two decades with Five Colleges, Dr. Wordelman was involved with admissions, advising, curriculum development, technology development, special project management—nearly every aspect of a consortium center that offers instruction each year in more than 40 less commonly taught languages. In the process she touched the lives of thousands of students, instructors, faculty members, and the staff of the consortium.

“As anyone who came in contact with Amy knows, she had a brilliant intellect and a warm personality and was a tireless advocate for the students, staff and instructors of the center,” said Sarah Pfatteicher, executive director of Five Colleges. “She will be deeply missed by the full consortium community.”

A full obituary can be viewed in her family’s hometown newspaper. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amy’s favorite charities, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and United Way of Hampshire County. Cards may be sent in care of Five Colleges, 97 Spring Street, Amherst MA 01002.

A private family service celebrating Dr. Wordelman’s life will be held at a later date in Minnesota. If you wish to receive information, when it becomes available, about a Five College memorial service for Dr. Wordelman, please enter your name and email address below.