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Robert F. Scofield, 79, of Melrose, died on September 12. He was a former administrative staff member in Physical Plant who retired in 1976 after 15 years at MIT.

Mr. Scofield is survived by his wife, Mabelle; two sons, Alan of Wakefield and Stephen of Melrose; a daughter, Joanne Ordorica of Ipswich; a brother, Fuller of Yarmouth; and five grandchildren. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, One Kendall Square, Building 200, Cambridge, MA 02139.


Idella Tapley, 76, of Cambridge, a retired administrative officer in the Department of Economics, died on September 21. She worked in the Personnel Office at both MIT and Lincoln Laboratory from 1948-62 and then worked in the economics department until her retirement in 1985. She was also treasurer of the MIT Women's League for many years and hosted international MIT students and their families.

Ms. Tapley is survived by two sisters, Priscilla Vincent of Hilton Head, SC, and Claire Hopkins of Kennett Square, PA, and 11 nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held November 15 at 4pm in the First Unitarian Church, 842 Tremont St., Duxbury, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Economics Alumni Fellowship Fund, MIT Department of Economics, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 29, 1997.

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