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Student falls to death

Melissa Ronge, 19, a sophomore from North Syracuse, NY, fell to her death Monday, Feb. 26.

Ms. Ronge was found at about 6:20am outside her dormitory, MacGregor House. The cause of death has not been determined, pending medical examiner's review.

Ms. Ronge was majoring in applied mathematics at MIT. She served as team statistician for the men's and women's soccer and basketball teams, and the men's volleyball and lacrosse teams at MIT. She has held numerous positions as a team statistician since high school and described sports statistics as her real love. She served as athletic chair for MacGregor House.


A funeral Mass was held February 13 for Robert A. Cole, 74, of Malden, who died on February 9. Mr. Cole began working at MIT in 1971 and retired as a head custodian in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Cabral Cole. Remembrances may be sent to St. Peter's Church, 257 Pearl St., Malden 02148.


Word has been received of the November 18 death of John T. Connolly, 71, of Dorchester, a former electronic project technician. Mr. Connolly worked in electrical engineering and computer science from 1952 until his retirement in 1989.


Thomas E. Gunnison, 87, of Bridgewater, died on February 11. Mr. Gunnison worked at Lincoln Laboratory from 1947 until his retirement in 1973. His survivors include a daughter, Lorraine J. Denton, of Bridgewater.


A funeral Mass was said for William J. (Sock) McDonald, 83, of Dedham, a former painter in Physical Plant. Mr. McDonald died on January 15. He worked at MIT from 1952 until his retirement in 1977. Survivors include his wife, A. Rita Akerman McDonald; a son, David W. McDonald of Dedham; a daughter, Donna R. Thomas of Conyers, GA; four brothers and four grandchildren.


Charles G. O'Bryant, 78, of Billerica, formerly of Lexington, died on January 31 after a long illness. Mr. O'Bryant was a custodian in Physical Plant from 1956 until his retirement in 1987. He is survived by his wife, Althea M. Graham O'Bryant; two sons, Nicholas O'Bryant of Jersey City, NJ, and Gregory O'Bryant of Bronx, NY; a daughter, Michelle O'Bryant of Billerica; a brother, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Remembrances may be sent to the Salvation Army, 150 Appleton St., Lowell 01852.


Angelo Piccicuto, 72, of Billerica, a retired electrician, died on Janaury 17. Mr. Piccicuto worked at Lincoln Laboratory from 1961 until his retirement in 1985. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, two sons, David and Phillip Piccicuto, and a daughter, Beverly Ann Tata.


Word has been received of the January 22 death of Ulysses S. Todd, 79, of Zebulon, NC. Mr. Todd was a member of the housing staff in Baker House from 1972 until his retirement in 1981. His survivors include a nephew, Gilbert Todd, with whom he made his home.

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