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Robert Davine, longtime administrative officer, dies at 57

Robert Mark Davine, who served in various administrative roles across the Institute over a 30-year career, died on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers following a brief illness. He was 57.

Davine came to MIT in 1976 as a senior clerk in Service Process; beginning in 2006, Davine worked as an administrative officer in the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory.

A native of Newton, Mass., Davine graduated from Framingham State College in 1976 and attended the University of London, earning an MA degree in international relations in 1979. He earned an MBA from Bentley College in 1991.

During his career at MIT, Davine also worked as an administrative officer in the Sea Grant College Program and the Center for International Studies. He also served as a senior business consultant in the MIT Administrative Computing Area, where he was known as a gifted teacher and for co-developing a financial management course for administrators. He was a member of MIT's Quarter Century Club.

Known for his intelligence, good humor and comedic timing, Davine was well-read and passionate about politics. He also enjoyed golf, and was a founding member of the Duffers Tour of the north and south shores. He traveled to Canada and Britain to follow events on the PGA Tour.

Services were held in early March. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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