Obituaries


ROSENBLITH MEMORIAL

A memorial service is planned in remembrance of Walter A. Rosen-blith on Friday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. in Wong Auditorium (Building E52). Rosenblith, who was Institute Professor emeritus and former provost, died May 1 at age 88. He was a pioneer in communications biophysics and an international scientific statesman. A reception in the Faculty Club will follow the service. The MIT community is invited.

JACK H. BAZYDLO

Jack H. Bazydlo of Gardner, a service staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, died on June 10 at the age of 57. He had been working at Lincoln Lab since being hired in 1966. Survivors include his wife, Patricia; a daughter, Julie Bazydlo of Gardner; and a son, Todd of Taunton.

LEO FRANCIS

A funeral Mass was said in St. Raphael's Church in Medford on July 10 for Leo Francis of Somerville, a painter in Facilities, who died on July 5 at age 60. He had been working at MIT since 1978. He is survived by his wife, Joan; a son, Michael of Wakefield; two daughters, Caryl Francis of Somerville and Stacy Francis of Medford; and many nieces and nephews. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford.

JAMES E. GUNTHER

James E. Gunther of Clinton, an alarm control operator at Lincoln Laboratory, died on Aug. 5 at the age of 52. He had been working there since April 2001. He is survived by a son, Dean, and a daughter, Traci Gunther, both of Weymouth; two sisters, Beverly Sanchez of East Boston and Denise Chetwynde of Hanover; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. His ashes were buried in Winslow Cemetery in Marshfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376.

ELISA SWIFT

Elisa Swift of Dorchester, a former custodian in Physical Plant, died on June 26 at the age of 73. She retired in 1995 after working at MIT for 11 years. Survivors include her husband, Nimrod.

CLAUDIA VON CANON

Claudia von Canon of Cambridge, a former lecturer in music and theater arts, died on June 11 at the age of 79. She began working at MIT in 1974 and retired in 1991. Information on survivors was unavailable.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 11, 2002.


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