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Miriam Sherburne

A memorial service will be held in Quincy in May for Miriam Sherburne, 78, a member of the Sloan School community for 51 years, who died on February 18 in Franklin, NH.

Ms. Sherburne first came to MIT in 1937 as part of the staff for the first Sloan Fellows class, not long after graduating from Radcliffe College. Distinguishing herself by her energy and dedication, she soon became a key figure in the School's administration. She ultimately became program director for the Master's Program, handling everything from admissions to financial aid, while helping students plan both their class schedules and their careers. She retired in 1988.

In 1981, Ms. Sherburne received the James N. Murphy Award, an Institute-wide recognition of staff members who have been of outstanding service to students. Four years before her retirement, Ms. Sherburne was honored by the naming of the Miriam Sherburne Lounge for master's students in BuildingE51 in her honor. In 1986 the Sherburne Scholarship Fund for master's students was established.

"Over the course of her many years at Sloan, Miriam Sherburne won the respect and friendship of countless members of the faculty, staff and student body for her warmth, helpfulness and unflagging commitment to the School," said Glen L. Urban, dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the in Quincy Point Congregational Church.

Walter J. Landoch

Walter J. Landoch, 55, of Chelmsford, an administrative staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, died on February 23. Mr. Landoch worked at Lincoln from 1960 until his retirement last year. He is survived by his mother, Stella (Kubach) Landoch of North Chelmsford, and two sons, Michael J. of Hermosa Beach, CA, and David M. Landoch of Trinity, NC.

Joseph W. Murphy

Joseph W. Murphy, 73, of Brockton, a technician at Lincoln Laboratory from 1957 until retiring in 1988, died on February 12. Mr. Murphy is survived by two sons, Joseph W. Jr. of Brockton and Michael F.P. Murphy of New Bedford.

Richard M. Patrick

Richard M. Patrick, 66, of Winchester, a research engineer at the Plasma Fusion Center, died unexpectedly on March 2. Mr. Patrick had worked at MIT since 1991, after retiring as vice president of the AVCO Everett Research Laboratory. He leaves his wife, Mary Ann Raleigh Patrick; two daughters, Elizabeth Anne Patrick of Marblehead and Dr. Suzanne Jane McKinnon of New Haven, CT; a son Richard M. Patrick IV of El Cerrito, CA, and a grandson. Remembrances may be sent to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Woods Hole, MA, 02543.

Other deaths

Word has been received about the deaths of the following people about whom no further information is available.

Peter Conrad, 76, of New Port Richey, FL, died on February 1. He was an administrative staff member at Lincoln Laboratory from 1951 until his retirement in 1983.

Charles Olson of Harwichport died on February 13. Mr. Olson was a design drafter at the Draper Laboratory from 1942 until his retirement in 1968. He leaves his wife, Pauline Olson, and a niece, Sandy Carlson.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 15, 1995.

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