Snapshot of Leonta G. Horrigan, emeritus professor, seated on a sofa. She is wearing a pink turtleneck sweater. A member of the Massachusetts State College Class of 1936, Leonta Gertrude Horrigan was affiliated with UMass Amherst throughout her long career in academia. After receiving her MA from Smith College in 1942, Horrigan taught creative writing and composition to UMass undergraduates, and was frequently singled out as a favorite instructor on campus. In 1964, she was appointed Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and retired to emeritus status in 1986.