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A memorial service was held August 15 in Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord for Carl Blake, 72, of Westford, a former sponsored-research administrative staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, who died on August 13. He retired in 1986 after 29 years.

Mr. Blake is survived by his wife, Thelma; four daughters, Teresa Watts and Ellen Leckband of Bedford, Joyce Ryder of Chelmsford and Laurie Benaloh of Redmond, WA; and 10 grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.


Roger I. Chaney, 81, of Reading, a former appraiser in the Superintendent's Office, died on August 9. He joined the Institute in 1963 and retired in 1982. Names of survivors were unavailable.

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Paul Earls, 64, a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), died September 7 after a long illness. The Cambridge resident, who had been with MIT since 1970, developed integrated musical-visual techniques and productions, with recent emphasis on the use of lasers and music.

Dr. Earls, who also taught at the Massachusetts College of Art, held BM, MM and PhD degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. His major stage works include Sky Opera (with Otto Piene, Ian Strasfogel and Guenther Schneider-Siemssen, 1982) and Mozart and Cosmology (with Beth Soll, 1993). Major public works include CityRing (conducted by Arthur Fiedler, for the Boston Bicentennial, 1975, and Dialogues des Tetes (with Otto Piene and Ian Strasfogel, 1990).

Dr. Earls leaves his wife, Zeren; a son, Selim of Brussels, Belgium; and a brother, John of Bellaire, OH.


Norman B. "Dirk" Eliason, an MIT Campus Police officer for 11 years, died of cancer August 30 at his home in Weymouth. He was 59. Officer Eliason, a Marine Corps veteran who retired as a deputy sheriff in Volusia County, FL, before joining the Campus Police, worked the midnight-to-8am shift.

He is survived by his wife, Margery A. (Johnson); a son, Norman B. of Weymouth; a daughter, Beth Marie Tardiff of Holbrook; two brothers, Arthur F. of Weymouth and Donald R. of Warwick, RI; a sister, Anne Young of Cranston, and two grandchildren.

Mr. Eliason was buried in National Cemetery in Bourne after a funeral Mass in St. Albert the Great Church in Weymouth. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1115 Chestnut St., Suite 301, Brockton, MA 02301.


Word has been received of the August 1997 death of Marion Evans, 79, of Roxbury. He joined MIT in 1961 and was a senior office assistant in the Medical Department upon his retirement in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Ruby; a daughter, Alison McNeil of Boston; and two grandsons. Mr. Evans was buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Roslindale.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 16, 1998.

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