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Richard A. Ackerson, 60, of Windham, NH, died on January 15. He was hired in 1979 and was facilities manager at Bates Linear Accelerator at the time of his death. Mr. Ackerson is survived by his wife, Kimberly; three daughters, Robyne Moyes of Derry, NH, Tracy Kerouac of Merrimack, NH and Bethany Ackerson of Windham, NH; two sons, Jason Ackerson of Waltham and Michael Ackerson of Windham, NH; and three grandchildren.


A service was held on January 4 at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels in Brookline for Haim R. Catalan of Brookline, who died on January 2. He was 68. Mr. Catalan was a second-class engineer at Lincoln Laboratory when he retired in 1997 after working there for 31 years. He is survived by a son, John of Boston; a sister, Suzanne Catalan, and a brother, Jean Jacques, both of Paris, France. Memorial donations may be sent to the National Pemphigus Foundation, Atrium Plaza, 828 San Pablo Ave., Suite 203, Albany, CA 94706.


Clair S. Hendryx, 81, of Gulf Breeze, FL, a former senior technical staff member in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, died on January 14. He was hired in 1950 and retired in 1985. Survivors include his wife, Virginia.


Rose B. Sprague of Dorchester, a former attendant in Facilities, died January 7 at the age of 89. She retired in 1977 after 20 years at MIT.

She is survived by two daughters, Jean E. Woodbury and Shirley A. Kaczka of Dorchester; three sons, Ronald of Brockton, Gerald of Charlestown and Paul of Quincy; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.


Edna E. Pacht of Jensen Beach, FL, a former senior clerk in the Controller's Accounting Office, died on December 18 at the age of 86. She began working at MIT in 1937 and retired in 1976. Information on survivors was unavailable.


Walter Krupski of N. Seminole, FL, a former second-class engineer in Physical Plant, died on January 9 at the age of 83. He retired in 1980 after 10 years at MIT. Survivors include his wife, Mary.


A funeral Mass was said in Sacred Heart Church in Cambridge on January 13 for Frank Pieciul, 82, of Cambridge, who died on January 9. A former dormitory maintenance mechanic for Housing, he retired in 1993 after working at MIT for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Wanda; and a son, Barry. Donations in his memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church or St. Francis of Assisi Church in Cambridge.


A funeral was held in the Masonic Temple in Nashua, NH on December 10 for Edward Wainwright of Nashua, who died on December 3 at the age of 75. Mr. Wainwright was a former chemist at Lincoln Laboratory who was hired in 1971 and retired in 1993.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 14, 2001.

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