Stanley Gorski of Quincy, a former custodian with Physical Plant, died on August 28 from stomach cancer at age 89. Mr. Gorski was hired by MIT in 1961 and retired in 1976. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Julia, and two daughters, Helen Dietrich of Quincy and Mary DiAmbrosio of Hampton, NH.
Ms. Dietrich, a financial coordinator in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, said that her father prized a letter of appreciation he once received from then-MIT President Howard Johnson after spending part of his weekend making an emergency repair in the president's office. The letter, dated January 23, 1970, said in part: "I would like to add my personal thanks to the appreciation of the Institute for your prompt and excellent work. The strength of MIT depends in great part on the loyalty and the high standards of its employees. Many thanks again."
Mabelle Scofield, a former administrative assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, died on August 23 at age 82. She worked at MIT from 1963 until her retirement in 1984. Mrs. Scofield, a widow, resided in Stoneham, MA. The names of survivors were not available.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 18, 2000.