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Professor John T. Howard, 83, former urban studies head

Professor emeritus John T. Howard, head of what is now the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1957 until 1970, died of a heart attack at his home in Newburyport on February 2.

Born in Paris in 1911, Professor Howard studied at Antioch College and received the BFA degree from Yale University in 1934. He received the SB degree from MIT in 1935 and the MCP degree in 1936, studying with Frederick J. Adams, then head of the department.

After a traveling fellowship abroad, Mr. Howard became a planner for the regional association of Cleveland and from 1942-49, he was planning director for the city of Cleveland. Professor Howard returned to MIT in 1949 as associate professor. He retired in 1973.

As a planner, Professor Howard consulted widely. He was involved in redevelopment afforts in Baltimore, Boston, Hartford, Providence, Washington, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area and other smaller cities. He was a member and former president of the American Institute of Planners. Among his awards were the Distinguished Service Award of the AIP and the Yale Medal for Distinction in the Arts.

After retiring, Mr. Howard was chairman of the planning board in Gloucester and, at age 80, became a member of the planning board after moving to Newburyport.

Professor Howard is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Nourse) Frank Howard; a daughter, Margaret Connell of Rockport; a son, John T. Howard Jr. of South Hadley; three stepchildren and four step-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Marguerite Ampolo

Word has been received of the November 15 death of Marguerite Ampolo, 72, of Arlington. Mrs. Ampolo was an administrative assistant at Lincoln Laboratory from 1965 until her retirement in 1988. She leaves a son, Joseph Ampolo; two daughters, Carolyn Niemeck and Joanna Hyatt, and three grandchildren.

Theodore A. Benson

Word has been received of the December 27 deeath of Theodore A. Benson, 77, of Somerville. Mr. Benson was a custodian at Lincoln Laboratory from 1972 until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by a sister, Barbara Lang.

Robert W. Blanchard

Robert W. Blanchard, 67, of Quincy, a former Campus Police officer, died on February 9. Mr. Blanchard worked at MIT from 1977 until his retirement 10 years later. His survivors include three daughters, Frances Fahey, Vanessa Thornton and Laurel Blanchard, and a son, Robert Blanchard Jr.

Francis L. Bowes

Francis L. Bowes, 66, of Burlington, a government property officer in the Property Office since 1952, died on February 17 following a brief illness. Mr. Bowes is survived by his wife, Gladys Fewtrell Bowes; two sons, Jeffrey L. of Burlington and Thomas L. Bowes of Nashua, NH; a daughter, Debra L Bowes of Burlington, and one grandchild.

Harold T. Browning

A funeral service was held February 11 for Harold T. Browning, 84, of Melrose, who died February 8. Mr. Browning was a service staff member in Physical Plant from 1942 until his retirement in 1977. He is survived by a daughter, Nancy McMahon of Melrose; a son, Robert H. Browning of Stoneham, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Frank Flemming

Frank Flemming, 89, of Big Pine Key, FL, died on December 29. Mr. Flemming was a mechanic in Physical Plant from 1957 until his retirement in 1970. He leaves his wife, Marion Flemming, and a son.

Hascol D. Forde

Hascol D. Forde, 58, of Mattapan, a custodian polisher in Physical Plant since 1988, died on January 29. Mr. Forde leaves his wife, Muriel, and two daughters, Valdene and Gaynelle Forde.

Eleanor F. Galvin

A funeral Mass was held at Blessed Sacrament Church for Eleanor F. Galvin, 77, of Cambridge, who died on January 9. Ms. Galvin had been a senior staff accountant in the Comptroller's Accounting Office since 1974. She leaves three nieces and a nephew. Remembrances may be sent to Blessed Sacrament Church, Cambridge.

Ralph M. Morandi

Ralph M. Morandi, 80, of Marlborough, a retired service staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, died on December 30. Mr. Morandi worked at Lincoln from 1954 until his retirement in 1980. His survivors include his wife, Mary Panagopoulos Morandi; a sister, Josephine Mangano of Stoneham; a brother, Edward Morandi of Utah, and several nieces and nephews.

Donald K. North

Donald K. North, 67, of Cambridge, an electronic project technician in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, died on February 6. Mr. North had worked with the speech communications group since 1959.

In recognition of his long and dedicated service, particularly to students, he received the Murphy Award in 1989. He leaves a friend, Milton Raymond of Cambridge.

S. Martin Pothier

Samuel M. Pothier, 68, of Everett, a retired welder at Lincoln Laboratory, died on February 7. Mr. Pothier worked at Lincoln from 1960 until his retirement in 1987.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Philbrook Pothier; nine sons, Stephen E., Robert F., Martin S., Timothy A., and Kenneth R. of Everett; Daniel M. of Portsmouth, VA, Lee S. of Leominster, David J. of Saudi Arabia, and Charles W. Pothier of Dedham; three daughters, Kathleen A. Columbare and Patricia M. Rocco of Wilmington, and Mary J. McGourty of Dedham, 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be sent to the hospice program of one's choice.

William P. Silva

William P. Silva, 51, of Somerville, a shipper's helper in Physical Plant, died on January 31 following a long illness. Mr. Silva had worked at MIT since 1981. His survivors include his wife, Helena Silva; a son, Jesse, and a daughter, Theresa Silva.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 1, 1995.

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