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Frank E. Nelson, 89, of Lynn, a former watch patrolman in Physical Plant, died on August 19. He retired in 1975 after working at MIT for seven years. Mr. Nelson is survived by four sons, Frank Jr., William and Richard of Lynn and Wayne of Derry, NH; a daughter, Elizabeth Lowe of Lynn; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Stanley Oblachinsky, 80, of Dover, NH, a former administrative staff member at Endicott House, died on September 13. He retired in 1985 after seven years with MIT. Mr. Oblachinsky is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Maureen Oblachinsky of Seal Beach, CA and Patricia Corral of Tuscon, AZ; two sons, James of Temecula, CA and Robert of Silver Thorne, CO; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Leyland A. Phillips of Edmond, OK, a former utility worker in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, died on August 19 at the age of 88. He was hired in 1976 and retired in 1984. Survivors include a son, Kenneth of Edmond, OK, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was a member of Amity Lodge AF and Holten Royal Arch Chapter of Danvers. Donations in his memory may be made to The Kid's Place, P.O. Box 258, Edmond, OK 73034.


Services were held at Arlington National Cemetery on August 16 for retiree Helen Ploss of Woburn, who died August 1 at the age of 70. She began working at MIT in 1971 and was an associate head librarian at the time of her retirement in 1993.

Mrs. Ploss is survived by her husband, Richard Ploss of Woburn, and a stepson, Richard S. Ploss Jr. of Medford. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 720 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118.


Priscilla "Pat" Reeves, 58, of Malden, an administrative staff assistant in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, died on September 4. She had worked at MIT since 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Reeves of Malden; a brother, John R. Ball III of Andover; and two nephews. Ms. Reeves was interred at a graveside service in Last Rest Cemetery in Merrimack, NH on September 8. Memorial contributions may be made to the Massachusetts Organ Transplant Fund, 10 West St., 6th floor, Boston, MA 02111.


Albert T. Tufts, 83, of Lexington, a former guard at Lincoln Laboratory, died on August 4. He was hired in 1942 and retired in 1980. Mr. Tufts leaves his wife, Helen; two sons, Ken of Danville, NH and Donald of Haverhill; a daughter, Nancy Tufts of Lexington; and two grandchildren.


A funeral Mass was held on September 24 at in St. Anthony Church in Revere for Pasquale DeIorio, 85, of Everett, a former dorm patrolman in the Housing Office, who died on September 20. He retired in 1980 after working at MIT for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, Robert of Everett and John of Georgia; a daughter, June Haggar of Revere; a brother, Anthony; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


A funeral was held on September 17 for Marvin D. Zimmerman, 81, of Lexington, a former sponsored research administrative staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, who died on September 13. He was hired in 1951 and retired in 1986.

Mr. Zimmerman is survived by his wife, Inez; a daughter, Wendy Zimmer-man of Hopkinton; two sons, Daniel of Littleton and Karl (SB 1983) of Amherst; a brother, Walter of Secane, PA; two sisters, Florence Zimmerman of Orwigsburg, PA and Eleanor Caruso of Scarsdale, NY; and one grandson. He was buried in Westview Cemetery in Lexington. Memorial donations may be made to the Lexington Council on Aging, c/o Town Monitor Program, 1475 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA 02420; or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 29, 1999.

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