Gerald H. Schamess, 85, of Northampton, died June 28 at Cooley Dickenson Hospital in Northampton. He was the husband of Stephanie (Krasnow) Schamess. Born in The Bronx, New York, he was the son of the late Irving and Fanny Schamess. He attended Columbia University, where he received his B.A. After getting his Master’s degree at the Columbia School of Social Work, he was employed by the Jewish Board of Guardians, where he remained until joining the faculty of the Smith College School for Social Work in 1969. His long career there included teaching clinical social work, editing the Smith College Studies in Social Work, co-chairing the doctoral program and accumulating an impressive list of professional publications. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Andrew and his wife, Rebecca; his daughter-in-law, Lisa and her husband, John; three grandchildren, Jane, Nophie, and Aden; and a large extended family scattered throughout the U.S., Belgium, Australia and Israel. He was predeceased by a son, Gil. Memorial contributions may be made to The Cutchins Center for Children and Families, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, or the charity of the donor’s choice. ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME


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