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Posted on Wed, May 1, 2013 : 12:53 p.m.

University of Michigan professor remembered for community activism

By Kellie Woodhouse

A University of Michigan professor who taught landscape architecture died Tuesday after battling cancer.


Beth Diamond

U-M photo

The Michigan Daily reports that Beth Diamond, an assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, was integral in the Heidelberg Project in Detroit and other community projects in the city.

“Beth was always using art as a means of inspiring and effecting change and bringing communities together,” fellow U-M professor Stan Jones told the Daily.

A memorial ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Dana Building.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Thu, May 2, 2013 : 12:18 a.m.

A very saddening loss. I'm sure she will be missed by those close to her and by the communities she's served.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 11:46 p.m.

Effect vs affect...I just looked it up.


Thu, May 2, 2013 : 3:06 a.m.

Professor Diamond, especially in the Michigan Daily article, sounds like she was a great asset to the Natural Resources community and to a portion of society in Detroit that often has been marginalized by others. I did not know her (or know of her) until now, but her death saddens me nonetheless. Regarding the grammar link, it is not clear to me that @Kevin is disputing the use of "effecting change" in the article, as he posts the link with no other commentary. If he thinks it should be "affecting change" instead, that would be ironic, as "effecting" actually is correct. From the same page of the link: "And, effect can be used as a verb that essentially means 'to bring about,' or 'to accomplish.' For example, you could say, 'Aardvark hoped to effect change within the burrow.'" Still, I believe grammar takes a back seat to the substance of an article when it deals with deaths or tragedies in general.


Thu, May 2, 2013 : 2:49 a.m.

A very sad story about a young lovely lady and your worried about Effect vs affect. Prayers to the family.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 11:35 p.m.

So young. Very sad.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 8:13 p.m.

As a cancer survivor, my prayers are with her family and her spirit.


Wed, May 1, 2013 : 6:26 p.m.

Cancer sucks! RIP Beth