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Rose Bella, 64, of Winchester, a former administrative assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, died on January 27. She began working at MIT in 1951 and retired in 1995. Survivors include her husband, Charles.


A service was held at the Gillooly Funeral Home in Norwood on January 31 for Thorwald Christensen, 81, of Langhorne, PA, formerly of Norwood, who died on January 27. He began working at MIT in 1952 and was an engineering assistant in the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at his retirement in 1979.

He leaves a son, Robert of Norwood; two daughters, Margo E. Christensen and Patricia Aiesi, both of Morrisville, PA, and eight grandchildren.


A funeral Mass was said on January 17 at St. Theresa's Church in Billerica for Edward F. Conway, 62, of Billerica, who died on January 14. He was hired in 1985 and was a security guard at Lincoln Laboratory at the time of his death.

Survivors include a son, Edward F. Jr. of Billerica, and a grandson. He was buried in Fox Hill Cemetery in Billerica.


John E. Harris, 77, of Pinehurst, died on January 19. He was hired in 1945 and was a service staff member at Lincoln Laboratory at the time of his retirement in 1984. He leaves a daughter, Louise Stevens of Nashua, NH; three sons, John E., Edward C. and William R., all of Billerica; a nephew, James Harris, who is a truck driver at Lincoln Lab; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


A funeral was held February 3 at the Daniel F. O'Brien Funeral Home in Arlington for Barbara Frances Hayes, 75, of Arlington, who died on January 31. She was hired at MIT in 1971 and was a support staff member in Environmental Medicine when she retired in 1982.

She is survived by two sisters, Elenore Derrick of Hyannis and Marilyn Briggs of Cambridge, three nieces and three nephews. She was buried in Cambridge Cemetery.


Richard Higham, 62, of Bedford, died on January 10. He was a personnel officer in the Personnel Office at his retirement in 1988 after 20 years at MIT. He is survived by two sons, Richard and Justin, and two daughters, Anne and Sarah.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 12, 1997.

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