Obituaries


KATHERINE BUCKLEY

A funeral Mass was said in St. Paul's Church in Cambridge on January 11 for Katherine Buckley of Cambridge, who died on January 7 at the age of 81. She was a former matron with the Medical Department who was hired in 1962 and retired in 1973.

Ms. Buckley is survived by three nieces, Margaret R. Buckley and Elizabeth Rodriguez of Arlington and Mary P. Hartgering of Eastham; a nephew, Patrick J. Buckley of Waltham; nine grandnieces and grandnephews; and five great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. She was buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

EMALINE CORNETT

Emaline Cornett, 70, of Nashua, NH, a former administrative secretary in the Graduate Education Office, died on January 26. She began working at MIT in 1959 and worked in several areas, including Draper Lab and the Departments of Nutrition and Physics, before retiring in 1995. Survivors include an uncle, Otto Hofheinz of San Antonio, TX. She was buried in Colebrook Village Cemetery in Colebrook, NH. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

MICHAEL J. FALCETTA

A funeral Mass was said in St. John St. Hugh's Church in Roxbury on January 5 for Michael J. Falcetta, 86, of Dorchester, a former Physical Plant truck driver who died on January 2. He began working at MIT in 1959 and retired in 1978. Mr. Falcetta is survived by his wife, Inez; a brother, Domenic of Wollaston; a sister, Mary Campanale of Wollaston; and several nieces and nephews.

MELVIN GRANT

Melvin Grant of Mattapan, a former machine operator in Physical Plant, died on January 10 at the age of 83. He retired in 1981 after working at MIT for 12 years. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; two daughters, Andrea Herbert of Dorchester and Yvette Grant of Mattapan; and three grandchildren.

SETH L. KARON

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 2:30pm in the MIT chapel for Seth L. Karon, a junior in chemistry, committed suicide last week at his home in Plymouth, MN. Mr. Karon, 21, was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi. He had been on a leave of absence since August. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Stephanie, and a brother, Jason.

RALPH MacLEAN

Ralph MacLean, 71, of Waltham, a former technician at Lincoln Laboratory, died on December 28. He was hired in 1952 and retired 42 years later. He is survived by three daughters, Kathleen LaPlante of Bedford, Patricia McGibbon of Methuen and Karyn Smith of Nashua; a son, Ralph Jr. of Milford; and four grandchildren.

WILLIAM T. STRUBLE

William T. Struble, a science writer who spent most of his career reporting on advances in science from MIT, died at his home in Marshfield on January 27. He was 77.

Mr. Struble was born and raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated from Hobart College in 1946 after interrupting his studies to serve with the Army Signal Corps in Europe during World War II. He began his journalistic career with the Bing-hamton Sun and the Daily Bulletin in Endicott, NY before becoming science editor of the Times-Union in Rochester.

He came to MIT in 1959 as assistant director in the Office of Public Relations, now the News Office. He also was a host and producer for a weekly half-hour "Science Reporter" program on WGBH-TV. His other positions at MIT included editor of Reports on Research, a newsletter distributed to corporation executives; managing editor of Technology Review, MIT's journal of science and technology; director of Institute publications; and assistant director of the News Office with responsibility for the School of Science. Mr. Struble retired from MIT in 1982.

He leaves a daughter, Julia Whelan of Jamaica Plain, and three grandchildren. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, MA 02050.

EDWARD F. SULLIVAN

A funeral Mass was said in St. John's Church in Cambridge on February 2 for Edward F. Sullivan, 44, of Cambridge, a Lincoln Laboratory staff member who had been working at Lincoln Lab since 1986. He leaves his wife, Christine Cleary; two daughters, Nora and Helen; and a brother, Daniel of Springfield.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, 100 Charles River Plaza, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114-2792, or to Friends of Cambridge Athletics, c/o CRLS Dept. of Athletics, 459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 16, 2000.


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