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On May 15, 2018, The Horace Smith Fund received a generous bequest in the amount of $50,000 from Jean M. Denton, who passed away on February 25, 2018.
The year was 1960. Chicopee resident and UMASS alum, Robert Zelis, had just won the Walter S. Barr Fellowship Award, gotten married to Gail Ann Heelon, and had driven from Springfield to Illinois in their packed second-hand 1950s Ford. Zelis was enrolled in the University of Chicago School of Medicine where his Fellowship stipend covered…