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James B. Coffin, 63, of Nokomis, FL, a former engineering assistant in Physical Plant, died on April 7. He began working for MIT in 1955 and retired in 1996. Survivors include his wife, Ann.


A memorial service for Joel Orlen, 74, former executive officer in the Provost's Office from 1965-80, will be held Sunday, May 2 at 11:45am at the Sons of Zion Synagogue in Holyoke. Mr. Orlen, who retired in 1996 as executive officer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, died April 24 in Cambridge. A burial service was held Monday in Chatham.

He is survived by his wife Yana of Cambridge, and a sister, Pearl Meyer of Holyoke. Memorial gifts may be made to the Fund for Inpatient Service of the MIT Medical Department and sent to the Institute's Recording Secretary.


A funeral was held in Roslindale on April 12 for Joseph Peredna, 80, of Ocala, FL, a former custodian at Lincoln Laboratory, who died on April 6. He retired in 1984 after 21 years at Lincoln Lab. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a stepdaughter, Barbara Glynn of Florida; a stepson, Raymond Glynn of Charlton; a sister, Helen Flynn of Cambridge; a brother, Gene of Lynn, and two step-grandchildren.


Word has been received of the January 31 death of Dorothy C. Ladd, 89, of Gloucester, a former sponsored research staff member at Draper Lab. She retired in 1974 after 23 years at Draper. No information on survivors was available.������

A version of this article appeared in the April 28, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 28).

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