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Alfred J. Beckett, 85, of Raynham, a former dorm maintenance technician in the Housing Office, died on January 19. He retired in 1979 after working at MIT for 41 years. He leaves his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Jeanette Corn of Duxbury; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


A funeral mass was held in Holy Name Church in West Roxbury on February 9 for Steven A. Ricci, 90, of Jamaica Plain, who died onFebruary 6. He was a former layout drafter in meteorology who began working at MIT in 1943 and retired in 1978.

Mr. Ricci is survived by his wife, Doris; three sons, Robert of Bedford, Paul of Leonardtown, MD, and William of Needham; a daughter, Elaine Blount of Manchester, CT; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery.


A funeral mass was held in St. Albert the Great Church in East Weymouth on January 11 for Frances Kenney, 83, of East Weymouth, who died on January 7. The former senior stock clerk in the Office of Laboratory Supplies retired in 1980 after working at the Institute for 16 years.

Ms. Kenney is survived by a daughter, Jean M. Mooney of Weymouth; a sister, Rose Carter of Weymouth; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Michael J. Quinlan of Weymouth, 64, a former shift supervisor in Physical Plant, died on February 13. He retired in 1996 after 15 years at MIT. Survivors include five sons, John of Woburn, Michael and Edmund of Dorchester, Patrick of Randolph and Kevin of Everett; three sisters, Eileen Stringer of Austin, TX, and Margaret Reale and Mary Butler of Ireland; two brothers, Thomas and Edmund of Ireland; and three grandchildren.


Anne Rourke, 83, of Middletown, CT, a former administrative assistant in the Department of Humanities, died on January 5. She began working at MIT in 1965 and retired in 1980. Survivors include a son, Kevin Burke of Middletown, CT; and six grandchildren.


Elizabeth J. McLaughlin, 51, of Brighton, an administrative secretary working in the Technology and Development Program, died on January 29 at the MIT infirmary. She joined MIT in 1987. Survivors include two sisters, Margery Cobb of Newtonville and Joanne McLaughlin of Waynesburg, PA. Donations in her memory may be made to the Paulist Center, 5 Park St., Boston, MA 02108, Attn: Father Paul Reynolds.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 24, 1999.

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