Obituaries


MICHAEL BLAHO JR.

A funeral Mass was held on January 6 at St. Joseph's Church in Wakefield for Michael Blaho Jr., 75, of Wakefield, a former project technician at the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory, who died on January 3. He joined MIT in 1951 and retired in 1989.

Mr. Blaho is survived by his wife, Doris; four daughters, Maureen, Karen, Joyce and Irene; a son, Neil; and a granddaughter. Donations in his memory may be made to the Memorial and Honor Program at St. Jude Children's and Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

FREDERICK D. CARTER

Word has been received of the September 10, 1998 death of Frederick D. Carter, 86, of Cambridge, a former custodian in Physical Plant. He joined MIT in 1969 and retired in 1978. Survivors include three sons, Henry, Robert and Joseph; a daughter, R. Joy King; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

PAUL C. CROWLEY

A funeral Mass was held on December 16 at St. Mary's Church in Cambridge for Paul C. Crowley, 82, of Somerville, a former custodian in Physical Plant, who died on December 13. He retired in 1981 after working at MIT for seven years.

Mr. Crowley is survived by a son, Paul Jr. of Melrose; seven brothers, Ronald, Donald, Philip, John, Richard and Jerry Rogers and Kenneth Crowley; three sisters, Bernice Kaminski, Mary Cleary and Mildred Crowley; and three grandchildren. He was buried in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.

DANIEL M. DEVINE

Daniel M. Devine, 39, of Hing-ham, a Lincoln Laboratory administrative staff member, died on January 3. He began working at Lincoln Lab in August 1997. He is survived by his mother, Katherine Devine, and a brother, Robert.

JOHN J. FITZGERALD

A funeral Mass was held in St. Mary's Church in Melrose on January 26 for John J. Fitzgerald, 91, of Melrose, a former mail worker in Physical Plant, who died on January 22. He retired in 1973 after 11 years at MIT.

Mr. Fitzgerald is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons, John of Burlington and James of Burlington; a daughter, Catherine Fitzgerald of Melrose; a brother, Dermot of Ireland; a sister, Catherine Clifford of Ireland; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford.

ALICE M. GRIFFIN

A funeral was held at the Folsom Funeral Home in Roslindale on January 14 for Alice M. Griffin, 75, of Braintree, a former senior technical artist in Graphic Arts, who died on January 10. She joined MIT in 1948 and retired in 1982.

Ms. Griffin is survived by two sisters, Ruth Anderson of Needham and Phyllis Burke of N. Quincy. She was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

JULIA E. JOHNSON

A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of the Presentation Church in Brighton on January 30 for Julia E. Johnson, 98, of Cambridge, who died on January 24. She was a retired senior office assistant in the Comptroller's Accounting Office who worked at MIT from 1939-67.

She is survived by two stepdaughters, Ruth Randolph of Needham and Mary Grunland of Lexington; a stepson, William Johnson of Pennsylvania; and a sister, Helen Dewire of Lexington. She was buried in Holyhood Cemetery.

CALVIN C. PATTEN

A funeral was held on January 4 at the Robinson Funeral Home in Melrose for Calvin C. Patten, 70, of Malden, a former senior technical artist at Lincoln Laboratory, who died on December 31. He retired in 1993 after working at MIT for 32 years.

Mr. Patten is survived by his wife, Mildred; a son, Calvin W. of Malden; a sister, Minerva Russell of Kissimee, FL; and a grandson. Donations in his memory may be made to the North Shore Assembly of God, c/o Royal Rangers, 77 Kennedy Dr., Malden, MA 02148.

CHARLES J. RECORD

A funeral Mass was held in Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church in Newton Upper Falls on December 17 for Charles J. Record, 84, of Newton Upper Falls, who died on December 13. He was a former technical assistant in the Department of Biology who began working at MIT in 1945 and retired in 1977.

Mr. Record is survived by a daughter, Verna M. Brown of South Paris, ME. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Needham. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framing-ham, MA 01701.

GRACE W. ROWE

Grace W. Rowe, 78, of Winchester, a former senior technical artist at the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, died on January 24. She began working at MIT in 1965 and retired in 1983. Names of survivors were unavailable.

ELIZABETH G. WHITNEY

Word has been received of the November 20, 1998 death of Elizabeth G. Whitney, 87, of Somerville, a former senior clerk at MIT Press. She retired in 1977 after working at the Institute for 13 years. Survivors include two daughters, Katherine Inglee of Wilmington, DE, and Mary Elizabeth Whitney of Meadville, PA; and two grandchildren.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 3, 1999.


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