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A memorial celebration of the life of Rolf Engler will be held on Monday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in Kresge Little Theater. Engler, the administrative officer for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, died on Nov. 17 at age 69. For more information, e-mail


Ercole Cenci of Medford, a former assistant cook at the Faculty Club, died on Oct. 1 at age 84. He began working at MIT in 1959 and retired in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Adele.


Marion Curley of Everett, a former administrator in the Department of Chemistry, died on Oct. 13 at age 78. She retired in 1994 after working at MIT for 51 years. She is survived by a sister, Helen M. Curley of Everett. A funeral Mass was said for her on Oct. 16 in St. Therese Church in Everett. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.


Francis Maragioglio of Cambridge, a former machine operator/custodian in Physical Plant, died on Oct. 23 at the age of 67. He retired in 1996 after working at MIT for 23 years. A funeral Mass was said for him at Sacred Heart Church in Cambridge on Oct. 26. Survivors include two brothers, Steven and Dennis, and two sisters, Rosalie Ameral and Nancy Ferreira.


Elizabeth Simms of St. Petersburg, Fla., a former attendant in Facilities, died on Oct. 1 at the age of 75. She began working at MIT in 1956 and retired in 1973. Survivors include a son, James of Indian Shores, Fla.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Martha Von Dette of Norwell, an inpatient nurse at MIT Medical, died on Oct. 13 at the age of 63. She had been working at MIT since 1995. She is survived by her husband, Allan, and two sons, Christopher and Jonathan, all of Norwell; a brother, Conrad Coggeshall of Chicago; two sisters, Marjorie Gale of Weymouth and Marian Montgomery of Norwell; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the South Shore, 100 Baystate Drive, Braintree, MA 02184.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 4, 2002.

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