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Marsha Altschuler

Marsha Irene Altschuler

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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Dr. Marsha Irene Altschuler, 69, biology professor at Williams College, died on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. She was born on April 10, 1950 in Albany, NY, a daughter of the late Samuel and Ellen Lillian (Kloo) Altschuler. She attended schools in Ravena, NY graduating Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School. She then graduated from the University of Rochester with a master’s degree and then received her PhD from Indiana University. She was last employed by Williams College as a professor of biology from 1985 until her retirement in 2014. Prior to Williams she did post doctoral referral appointments at Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She was a member of Congregational Beth Israel in North Adams.
Survivors include her three sisters; Susan Perlman of Valley Village, CA, Carole Brown of Ravena, NY and Jean McWilliams of Averill Park, NY as well as a brother, Michael Altschuler of Glenmont, NY. She also leaves nieces and nephews.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Per Dr. Altschuler’s request there will be no services. A burial will take place in the Williams Collage Cemetery in Williamstown on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 1:00p.m. Flynn and Dagnoli Funeral Home, 74 Marshall Street in North Adams, MA is in charge of arrangements.
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    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 1:00pm
    Williams College Cemetery
    Mission Park Drive
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    Rabbi Rachel Barenblat


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Buzz Ballenger

Posted at 06:39pm
I am very sad to hear of Marsha's passing. She and I were a couple though out our college years at the University of Rochester. She was a very special person, a bit shy but funny, generous and incredibly smart. I have many very important memories from that time. My sincerest condolences to her family. The world is a lesser place without Marsha in it.

Buzz Ballenger Santa Cruz, CA

Cathleen Groves

Posted at 04:28pm
I was shocked to see Dr. Altschuler's obit in today's paper. I was assistant manager at the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic studio in Williamstown when she was a volunteer there. We had many nice chats and I thought highly of her. I remember the seguay (sp?) she showed up riding one day. She was getting used to it and we thought it was very cool. I'm so sorry she's left this world too early, and I send my condolences to all who loved her. Everything she was to you will remain a part of you for the rest of your lives.

Cathy Groves, Adams, MA

Jane Sebborn

Posted at 12:47pm
I was shocked and saddened to read of Marsha's passing in the Berkshire Eagle. I had helped Marsha for about 4 years as a caregiver with Home Instead Senior Care and also her mother Ellen. I was always impressed with how well she managed despite being confined to a wheelchair. She shared her mother's love of travel and books. I send condolences to all of the family.

Jane Sebborn

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