A funeral Mass was said at St. Williams Church in Tewksbury on January 4 for William McDermott of Tewksbury, who died on December 29 at the age of 70. He was a former technical staff member in the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory who began working at MIT in 1959 and retired in 1996.
Mr. McDermott is survived by his wife, Doris; a son, Sean of Stoneham; a daughter, Margaret Pitkin of Dallas, TX; two brothers, Donald of Maine and James of Everett, and a sister, Catherine Bernier of Tyngsboro. He was buried in Tewksbury Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.
A funeral service was held on December 6 in Marstons Mills for Mary Munroe of Hyannis, a former section head in the Registrar's Office who died on December 2 at the age of 82. Ms. Munroe retired in 1982 after working at MIT for 12 years. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Sharp-D'Esopo of Groton, CT, and a granddaughter. Donations in her name may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts St., Newton, MA 02458.
LAURENCE W. PICKARD
A funeral service was held on February 6 in Milton for Laurence W. Pickard of Milton, a former ground-services manager who died on February 4 at the age of 73. He retired in 1989 after 28 years at MIT.
Mr. Pickard is survived by his wife, Alice; a son, Scott of Norwell; two sisters, Doris White of Stoughton and Janet McCormack of South Carolina; and two grandchildren. Gifts in his memory may bemade to Milton Fire Department, Thermal Imaging Camera Gift Account, Town Office Building, 525 Canton Ave., Milton, MA 02186.
A funeral Mass was said in St. William's Church in Tewksbury on February 1 for Francis Raposa of Tewksbury, who died on January 28 at the age of 67. He began working at MIT in 1986 and retired from his job as a custodian in Facilities in August 2000. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son, Greg of Newburyport; and a grandson. He was buried in Tewksbury Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
FRANK STROVINK JR.
Frank Strovink Jr. of Amesbury, a retired Lincoln Laboratory supervisor, died on January 6 at the age of 90. He was hired in 1952 and retired in 1976. Survivors include his wife, Sophie; two daughters, Sylvia Burger and Carolyn Strovink; and a son, Jeffrey.
WILLIAM J. TREMBLAY
William J. Tremblay of Peabody, a former senior electrician at Lincoln Laboratory, died on December 20 at the age of 85. He began working for MIT in 1953 and retired in 1981. Mr. Tremblay is survived by a son, William of Metaire, LA; a daughter, Kathy MacMaster of Natick; and a brother, Robert of Danvers. He was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Peabody. Memorial donations may be sent to the Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre St., Newton, MA 02158.
ROGER P. WEBBER
A memorial service was held on December 21 at the Village at Duxbury for Roger P. Webber of Duxbury, who died on December 17 at age 86. A former sponsored research staff member in the Center for Space Research, he retired in 1977 after 26 years at MIT.
Mr. Webber is survived by his wife, Charlotte; a daughter, Cynthia Webber Freda of Norwell; a son, Richard of Methuen; two sisters, Barbara Thompson of Rockland, ME and Eleanor Webber of Needham; and three grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to the Park Street Church in Boston or the Salvation Army, 147 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02215.
A funeral was held on January 5 at the Torf Funeral Chapel in Chelsea for Murray Wiseman of Revere, who died on December 27 at the age of 76. A former custodian in Facilities, he retired in 1993 after 13 years at MIT.
Mr. Wiseman is survived by three sons, Eric of Everett, WA, Brian of Saugus and Eliot of Revere; a daughter, Michelle Wiseman of San Diego; a sister, Sylvia Engorn of Framingham; a brother, David Wiseman of Natick; and eight grandchildren. He was buried in Sudilkov Cemetery in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the American Stroke/Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 28, 2001.