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Daniel H. Hamilton Jr., who helped build the nation's first air attack warning system in the Arctic in the 1950s, died June 8 in Hyannis. He was 87.

Hamilton, who joined MIT's Lincoln Laboratory upon its formation, helped design a chain of 63 radar and communications systems stretching 3,000 miles from the northwest coast of Alaska to the eastern shore of Baffin Island during the 1950s. He was also a World War II veteran.

Hamilton retired from Lincoln Laboratory in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Jane (Evans) Hamilton of Charleston, S.C.; two sons, Daniel Heyward Hamilton III of Harwich and Thomas Heyward Motte Hamilton of Charleston, S.C.; two daughters, Margot Hamilton of Orlando, Fla. and Ann Hollister Hamilton Moore of Richmond, Va.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Dorothy Giddings Staknis, retired liaison editor for the MIT registrar's office, died Oct. 1 in Great Barrington, R.I. She was 86.

Staknis worked in the registrar's office for 15 years and also taught at MIT for three years.

The wife of the late Victor Staknis, she is survived by a brother, Edwin S. Giddings of Las Vegas and of Charleston, Ore.; a sister, Maryanna Macy of Great Barrington, R.I.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.


A memorial service for Nathan H. Cook, MIT professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and former MacGregor housemaster, will be held today at 1:30 p.m. in the MIT Chapel. Cook died July 13. For his full obituary, visit

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 26, 2005 (download PDF).

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