Could the ill-fated Paradis Boiler Plant be named for one Pete Paradis formerly of the UMass Physical Plant? See Welcome to Paradis (Paradise by the Dashboard Light) for the leadup to this exciting discovery.
List of photography contributions to special collections (line 585; found using site:umass.edu paradis). Date and topic seem like matches!
Possible wife's obit, possibly revealing his full name (found using "pete paradis" amherst).
Is this our Pete: a mech engineer licensed in Amherst!?
Too tenuous? Also anyone can be a detective on the internet (no creepo).