Obituaries


GEORGE H. BURR

George H. Burr, 95, of Edmonds, WA, a retired guard at Lincoln Laboratory, died on November 7. He was hired in 1955 and retired in 1968. Survivors include a nephew, Earle S. Miller of Edmonds.

GERTRUDE FOWLOW

Gertrude Fowlow, 85, of Newfoundland, Canada, a retired library assistant, died on October 15. She retired in 1974 after 12 years at MIT. Survivors include a niece, Marguerite Martin of Newfoundland.

SIDNEY NELSON

Sidney Nelson, 90, of Pinellas Park, FL, a retired guard at Lincoln Laboratory, died on October 16. He worked at Lincoln Lab from 1959-70.

THOMAS T. PUREKA

A service was held at the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn on November 14 for Thomas T. Pureka, 89, of Woburn, a retired design drafter at Draper Laboratories, who died on November 11. An MIT alumnus (SB '31), he retired in 1973 after 21 years at Draper.

Mr. Pureka is survived by his wife, Lillian; a son, Paul of New Canaan, CT; a daughter, Elizabeth Rossettos of Winchester; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was buried in Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester.

JOHN ROCHE

A funeral Mass was held in St. Anthony's Church in Allston on November 20 for John Roche, 73, of Allston, a retired electrician with Physical Plant, who died on November 15. He retired in 1991 after 18 years at MIT.

Mr. Roche is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; two brothers, Francis of California and Joseph of Nevada; and a sister, Marie Marron of Longmeadow, MA.

DOROTHEA SCANLON

Dorothea Scanlon, 73, of Wollaston, a retired administrative staff member in the Laboratory for Computer Science, died on October 24. She retired in 1989 after 46 years at MIT.

ARTHUR SOUZA

A funeral Mass was said in St. Joseph's Church in Somerville on November 10 for Arthur Souza, 70, of Cambridge, a retired houseman in the Housing Office, who died on November 6. He worked at MIT for 24 years and retired in 1989.

Mr. Souza is survived by his wife, Lorraine; a daughter, Sharon Renault of Scarborough, ME; a brother, Frank of Pahrump, NV, and one grandchild. He was buried in Cambridge Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 265, Burlington, MA 01803.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 10, 1997.


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