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Word was just received that Evelyn A. MacLean of Milbank, S.D., a clerk in General Purchasing from 1961 until her retirement in 1974, died Nov. 22 at age 96. Information about survivors was not available.


MIT Tech Talk recently learned that Sven O. Hallberg of Wolfboro, N.H., a painter for Physical Plant from 1958 until his retirement in 1974, died Dec. 15 at age 93. Information about survivors was not available.


Domenic Sorrenti of Concord, a painter for Lincoln Laboratory from 1955 until his retirement in 1986, died Feb. 18 at age 80.


Theodore S. Podymaitis of Somerville, a custodian in Physical Plant for 20 years until his retirement in 1995, died March 2 at age 71. Information about survivors was not available.


Bruce L. Jewett of Norton, a mechanic for Physical Plant from 1967 until his retirement in 1989, died March 7 at age 74.


Gerhard Reethof (S.B. 1947, S.M. 1949, Ph.D. 1953), assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the 1940s, died April 16 at his home in New Port Richey, Fla. at age 79.

Reethof, a native of Czechoslovakia, entered MIT in 1940. Three years later, he fought in World War II, where he was decorated with the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, a Bronze Arrowhead WWII Victory Medal and the Croix De Guerre.

After two years as an assistant professor at MIT, Reethof went to work in industry. He was an integral part of the jet engine design team for General Electric and worked on the country's first supersonic bomber aircraft, the XB70. In 1965, he accepted a full professorship in mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He was awarded the Alcoa Chair and for several years was named top researcher at Penn State, where he formed and directed the Noise Control Laboratory. Reethof published more than 100 technical papers and co-authored two books.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyne; a son, Alex; two daughters, Suzanne and Erika; a sister, Inge; and five grandchildren.


Anthony R. Forte of Lowell, a Lincoln Laboratory process engineer specializing in integrated circuit fabrication and measurement techniques, died suddenly April 15 at age 45.

He is survived by his parents, Elizabeth R. Relf-Forte of Framingham and Frederick J. Forte of Westborough; four sisters, Joanne Forte-Leroux of Greensboro, N.C., Carolyn Forte-Straus of Dover, Patricia Weier of Nashua, N.H., Deborah Forte Landry of Natick, and their families. He also is survived by his long-time partner, Irene Collins, and her daughter, Evan, of Chelmsford.

Forte received an associate's degree in computer engineering from the Franklin Institute in Boston in 1980 and joined Lincoln Lab that year. His contributions there include numerous technical papers and processing innovations. Forte was buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Natick.

Forte was a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Chelmsford Food Bank. Contributions in his memory may be made to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Middlesex, 4 Franklin Commons, Framingham, MA 01702.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 8, 2002.

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