A funeral Mass was said in St. Jude's Church in Waltham on December 21 for Roy Anderson, 81, of Arlington, who died on December 18. The former Lincoln Laboratory technician was hired in 1952 and retired in 1980. Mr. Anderson leaves his wife, Mildred; three sons, Robert of Lisbon, Portugal, William P. of Hamstead, NH, and John of Arlington; a daughter, Cheryl A. Ferraro of Newmarket, NH; and eight grandchildren. Donations in his name may be made to the Jimmy Fund.
Francis Aubry of Cambridge, a former dormitory housekeeper in the Housing Office, died on November 17 at age 73. He retired in 1991 after working at MIT for 18 years. Names of survivors were unavailable.
A funeral Mass was said on December 31 in St. Anthony's Church in Everett for Edward Azzari, 91, of Everett, who died on December 27. He began working at MIT in 1946 and retired as an assistant supervisor in the Superintendent's Office in 1974.
Mr. Azzari is survived by his wife, Irene; a son, Edward of Revere; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
LENA B. MARTUCCI
A funeral was held on December 18 for Lena B. Martucci of East Boston, who died on December 12 at the age of 91. She was a former food services counter worker who retired in 1973 after working at MIT for 10 years.
Mrs. Martucci is survived by a son, John of Boston; a sister, Mary Maniccia of East Boston; and several nieces and nephews. She was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in Roslindale after a Mass of Christian burial in Sacred Heart Church in East Boston.
Bernard McGovern, 69, of Lynn, a former project technician at Lincoln Laboratory, died on December 12. He was hired in 1961 and retired in 1992. Survivors include his wife, Marie.
PROF. ALAN MICHAELS
Alan Michaels, an alumnus and former faculty member, died on January 16 at the age of 77. He received the SB (1944), MSCEP (1947) and ScD (1948), all in chemical engineering. Dr. Michaels subsequently joined the MIT chemical engineering faculty and worked with "Doc" Lewis and E.A. Hauser in teaching colloid chemistry. After a year in industry (1950), he returned to MIT as co-director of the Soil Stabilization Laboratory, a new collaborative effort between the Departments of Chemical and Civil Engineering. In 1962 he founded Amicon Corp. and left MIT in 1966 to serve as the company's president.
Professor Michaels' research interests at MIT included colloid phenomena, soil mechanics, and polymer permeability and its dependence upon polymer structure. His efforts pioneered the development of "permselective" polymeric membranes, which led to the current great interest in membrane separation processes in the chemical process industry.
His leadership in forging cross-disciplinary collaboration between the medical and life sciences and chemical engineering was recognized by the 1995 creation of the Alan S. Michaels Distinguished Lectureship in Medical and Biological Engineering.
Professor Michaels is survived by his wife Jan and two sons, Stephen (an Industrial Liaison Program officer) and James. Funeral services were held January 20 at the Levine Chapel in Brookline.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alan S. Michaels Fund at MIT (account number 3157600), which was created by contributions from corporations, colleagues, and students and has been used to sponsor the Alan S. Michaels Lectureship.
A funeral was held in Cambridge on November 17 for Evelyn Vieira of Medford, who died November 12 at the age of 81. The former operator with Telecommunications Systems retired in 1980 after 17 years at MIT. She is survived by a son, Frank; a daughter, Emily Vieira; a sister, Florence Uthenwoldt; and two grandchildren.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 26, 2000.