July 13, 2024

Diane Hatch and Bill Pinschmidt

Dear Colleagues, I am sorry to report on the passing of two former UMW faculty:

Dr. Diane Hatch, Professor Emerita of Classics, passed away on Saturday morning, October 13, she was 76.  Dr. Hatch began teaching Latin and Classics at Mary Washington College in 1966. Her undergraduate degree was from Sweet Briar College and she received her M.A. and her Ph.D from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  With Dr. Elizabeth Clark, Diane co-edited The Golden Bough, The Oaken Cross: the Virgilian Cento of Faltonia Betitia Proba.  She and Dr. Clark were founding members of UMW’s current Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion.  Dr. Diane Hatch retired from UMW in 2000 after over 30 years of dedicated teaching and service to the University.  For further information, please contact the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion  https://cas.umw.edu/clpr/.

Dr. William “Bill” Pinschmidt passed away on Sunday, October 7th, he was 91.  He received his master’s degree from Ohio State and his Ph.D from Duke University. Dr. Pinschmidt came to Mary Washington College in 1968 as a full time faculty member in the biology department and retired in 1989. After his retirement, Bill Pinschmidt occasionally taught as an adjunct in biology.  In 1998, Bill was pre-deceased by first wife, Dr. Mary Pinschmidt, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences, who had an outstanding career at Mary Washington, and after whom the Mary Pinschmidt  Award is named. The Mary Pinschmidt award is given at Commencement to the faculty member whom the senior class will remember as “the faculty member who had the greatest impact on their lives.”  Bill Pinschmidt is survived by his wife, two daughters, four grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter. The family requests donations be made to the William C. Pinschmidt, Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o University of Mary Washington, Office of University Advancement.

Nina Mikhalevsky
University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA 22401