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Word has been received of the March 5 death of Mida Aitken, 83, of Hookset, NH, a retired staff member in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science. She worked at MIT from 1946 to 1978. Survivors include a sister, Stella Eaton of Hookset.


William Black, 82, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a former custodian in Physical Plant, died on April 27. He began working at MIT in 1954 and retired in 1978.

He leaves his wife, Eileen; three sons, John of Tennessee, Robert of Omaha, NE, and Melvin of Florida; three daughters, Lorraine Vogel, Sylvia Tuttle and Eileen, all of Florida; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


A funeral Mass was held on May 1 in St. Bartholemew's Church in Needham for Philip J. Lozier, 72, of Needham, a former senior office assistant at Lincoln Laboratory, who died on April 28. He retired in 1990 after 30 years at Lincoln Lab. Mr. Lozier is survived by his wife, Marguerite; a son, Brian, of Burlington; a daughter, Ann, of Milford; a sister, Delphine Burns of Revere, and two grandchildren.


George R. McClarity, 91, of St. Petersburg, FL, a former senior clerk in the Medical Department, died on May 17. He retired in 1971 after almost eight years at MIT.

Mr. McClarity is survived by his wife, Mabel; four daughters, Hazel Hudson, Madelyn Tesar, Patricia Gerstel (all of Florida) and Peg Flaherty of Easthampton, MA; two sons, Donald of Lynn, MA, and George of Illinois; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.


A service was held at the Long Home for Funerals in Cambridge on May 10 for Richard P. Reavis, 92, of Somerville, who died on May 5. He joined MIT in 1946 and retired as a houseman in the Housing Office in 1971. Mr. Reavis was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 21, 1997.

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