A Mass of Christian burial was said at Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea on March 14 for Michael Drago of Chelsea, who died on March 11 at age 73. The former houseman with the Housing Office retired in 1988 after 44 years at MIT.
Mr. Drago is survived by two daughters, Lillian S. Bulman of Revere and Anna M. DiPasquale of South Carolina; a son, Anthony of South Carolina; three sisters, Frances M. Lombardi of Chelsea, Anna Linscott of Danvers and Mary Honkonon of South Carolina; and seven grandchildren. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Donations in his memory may he made to the American Diabetes Association, Massachusetts Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150-1160.
A funeral service was held in the Greek Orthodox Church Taxiarche in Watertown on February 21 for Peter Kafalas of Sudbury, who died on February 16 at the age of 74. He was a former administrative research staff member at Lincoln Laboratory who worked on reentry physics and high-energy lasers from 1965 until his retirement in 1986. He earned the PhD in physics from MIT in 1954.
Dr. Kafalas is survived by his wife, Eleanor; two sons, Paul of Sudbury and Philip of Washington, DC; three sisters, Irene Gianopoulos and Catherine Kafalas of Watertown and Georgia Gillespie of Wayland; a brother, James of Wayland; and three grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the Brain Tumor Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A funeral was held on March 14 in the First Baptist Church of Arlington for Margaret Kroll, a former technician in the Department of Biology who died on March 10. She began working at MIT in 1942 and retired in 1975.
Mrs. Kroll is survived by a daughter, Faye Cullinane of Lexington; a stepson, Bernard Kroll of California; a brother, Malcolm MacDonald of Quebec; a grandson and two great-grandchildren. She was buried in Westview Cemetery in Lexington.
A funeral was held in St. James African Orthodox Church in Roxbury on March 21 for Robert Walcott of Boston, who died on March 18 at the age of 97. He was a former custodian in Housing who retired in 1969 after 27 years at MIT.
Mr. Walcott is survived by two sons, Rudolph and Rupert; a daughter, Eleanor Utley; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was buried in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 29, 2000.