Obituaries


Frantiska Frolik of Boston, a former senior secretary in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, died on June 29 at age 88. She began working at MIT in 1969 and retired in 1984. Information on survivors was unavailable.

Nancie M. Barber of Boston, who retired in 1996 after 12 years as a program manager of alumni activities for the MIT Association of Alumni and Alumnae, died on June 26 of cancer. She was 61 years old.

After leaving MIT, Barber was affiliated with United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the United Negro College Fund, Alternatives for Community and Environment, and the Lena Park Community Development Center. She is survived by her husband, Jon; a daughter, Tracie Allen of Boston; two sons, Christopher of Cheshire, Conn. and John Barber of Boston; a sister, Dianne Medley of Boston; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on June 30. Donations in her memory may be made to the Thoracic Oncology Dept. at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston MA 02215.

Walker Meritt Jr., 84, of Wesford, a former electrician at Lincoln Laboratory, died on June 18. He was hired in 1953 and retired in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn.

Robert J. Morrison of Danvers, a former furniture assembler in the Office of Lab Supplies, died on June 2 at the age of 70. He retired in 1998 after working at MIT for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; two daughters, Joan M. Chiffer of Topsfield and Jennifer A. Morrison of Danvers; a son, Scott of Lynn; two brothers, Ernest of Rockland and Jack of Woburn; two sisters, Jean Billingsley of Peabody and Virginia Brodette of Arlington; and three grandchildren. A funeral Mass was said in St. Margaret's Church in Saugus on June 5. He was buried in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.Memorial donations may be made to the North Shore Cancer Center, 17 Centennial Dr., Peabody, MA 01960.

John L. Lavorgna of Dorado, Puerto Rico, a former form maintenance technician in Housing, died on May 5 at the age of 73. Information on survivors was unavailable.

Charles D. McGinley of Tewksbury, a former Lincoln Laboratory technician, died on May 5 at age 74. He retired in 1993 after working at MIT for 32 years. Survivors include his wife, Miriam.

John V. Cormier of Dover, an auditor in the Audit Division, died on April 30 at age 54. He had worked at MIT since 2002. He is survived by his mother, Ann Mary Weeden of Braintree; and three half-brothers, Vincent, Richard and Thomas Cormier, all of Bangor, Maine. A funeral Mass was said in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Braintree on May 5. He was buried in Blue Hills Cemetery in Braintree. Memorial donations may be sent to the Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice, 3 Edgewater Drive, Norwood, MA 02062.

Word has been received of the death on Dec. 17, 2002 of William E. Barton of Bedford, N.H., at the age of 90. He was a former custodian in Physical Plant who retired in 1979 after working at MIT for 10 years. Information on survivors was unavailable.

Word has been received of the death on Dec. 10, 2002 of Vincent Mauriello, 93, of Lexington. A former electrical utility worker in Physical Plant, he began working at MIT in 1967 and retired in 1974. Information on survivors was unavailable.

Word has been received of the death of Ellen Gatti, an administrative assistant in the Medical Department who died on Nov. 19, 2002 at the age of 45. She had been working at MIT since 1989. Information on survivors was unavailable.


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