Obituaries


IRENE A. FEGAN

A funeral Mass was held in St Mary's Church in Cambridge on August 12 for Irene A. Fegan, 96, of Cambridge, who died on August 9. A retired operator in Telecommunications Systems, she worked at MIT from 1960-69.

Mrs. Fegan is survived by two daughters, Irene Degrado of Lawrence and Judyann Murray of Tewksbury; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was buried in National Cemetery in Bourne. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aberjona Nursing Center, 184 Swanton St., Winchester, MA 01890.

LOUIS HIRSHBERG

A funeral was held June 29 in Del Ray Beach, FL for Louis Hirshberg, 69, of Boynton Beach, FL, a former project technician at Lincoln Laboratory, who died on June 26. He was hired in 1952 and retired in 1991. Mr. Hirshberg is survived by his wife, Jeanne; a son, Alan of Hershey, PA; and two grandchildren.

HELEN F. HOWARD

A funeral Mass was held in St. Theresa's Church in West Roxbury on June 23 for Helen F. Howard, 93, of West Roxbury, a former senior clerk at the Sloan School of Management, who died on June 20. She retired in 1971 after 15 years at MIT.

Ms. Howard is survived by three daughters, Mary Howard of Carver, Anne Piacentini of West Roxbury and Patricia Howard of South Attleboro; two sons, Robert of West Roxbury and Arthur of Braintree; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury. Memorial donations may be made to the Joslin Clinic, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA.

DORIS E. PEDERSEN

A funeral service was held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Wakefield on June 3 for Doris E. Pedersen, 73, of Wakefield, who died on May 31. A former administrative staff assistant for the Office of the Summer Session, she retired in 1989 after 14 years at MIT.

Ms. Pedersen is survived by her husband George; sons Christian, Bruce (both of Wakefield) and Carl of San Francisco; a daughter, Ann DeCoursey of Buzzards Bay; two sisters, Louise Hanson of Yarmouthport and Carolyn Fuller of West Harwich; a grandson, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Organ Restoration Fund of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Main and Bryant St., Wakefield, MA 01880.

JAMES H. PEERS JR.

James H. Peers, 69, of North Billerica, a former administrative staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, died on June 9. He was hired in 1949 and retired in 1996. Mr. Peers is survived by his wife, Janet; a son, James H. Peers III of Billerica; and a sister, Dorothy Peers of New Bedford. He was buried in the New Swedish Cemetery in Worcester. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 249 Canal St., Manchester, NH 03101.

BARBARA PLENTY

Barbara Plenty, 63, of Anchorage, AK, a former telephone operator in Telecommunications Systems, died on May 6. She began working at MIT in 1971 and retired in 1995. Information on survivors was unavailable.

GENE F. WESINGER JR.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Theresa's Church in Billerica on July 31 for Gene F. Wesinger Jr., 37, of Billerica, who died unexpectedly on July 27. He was hired in 1980 as a Lincoln Laboratory staff member.

Mr. Wesinger is survived by his wife, Cheryl; two sons, Christopher and Andrew; a daugher, Stacie; his parents, Gene Sr. and Judith of Billerica; his grandparents, Charles and Audrey Wesinger of Arlington and Esther Stephens of Melrose; and a sister, Wendy of Tewksbury. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Theresa's Church, 80 Concord Rd., Billerica, MA 01821.

ARBELLA P.C. WILLIAMS

Arbella P.C. Williams, 76, of Dayton, OH, a former senior secretary in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, died on May 25. She retired in 1987 after working at MIT for 24 years. Ms. Williams is survived by her husband, Thomas S. Williams; a son, Peter Chase of Dayton; and two grandchildren. Donations in her memory may be made to the Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence, 310 W. Monument Ave., Dayton, OH 45402.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 25, 1999.


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