Obituaries


Rasmussen memorial

A service of remembrance for the late Professor Emeritus Norman Rasmussen of nuclear engineering will be held Friday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. in the MIT Chapel. Rasmussen died on July 18 at the age of 75.

Hrbek memorial

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. in the MIT Chapel for the late Jarmila Z. Hrbek, who died on Aug. 9 of liver cancer at the age of 63.

When she retired in 2000, Hrbek had been a patent administrator in the Technology Licensing Office for eight years. In her 37-year MIT career, she also served as administrative assistant to the late Jerome Wiesner, both in his capacity as MIT president from 1971-80 and as director of the Media Lab from 1980-92. Hrbek, a native of Prague, was also a member of the MIT Women's League.

In addition to her husband Charles, brother Joseph Kubat, and nieces and nephews (see MIT Tech Talk, Sept. 24), Hrbek is also survived by her mother, Antonie Kubat.

Kindleberger memorial

A memorial service for the late Professor Emeritus Charles Kindleberger of economics will be held in the MIT Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 3:15 p.m. Kindleberger, an economic historian and authority on international monetary affairs who was a leading architect of the Marshall Plan after World War II, died on July 7 at age 92.

A reception will follow at the University Park Hotel at 20 Sidney St. RSVP by Oct. 24 to John Arditi at arditi@mit.edu or 253-8887.

Alfred Gschwendtner

Alfred Gschwendtner of Lexington, a senior staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, died Aug. 7 at the age of 66. In 1964 he joined Lincoln Lab, where he worked in various technical and managerial capacities on science and technology directed to national security issues, both in the lab and as a consultant to the Department of Defense and the National Academies. Survivors include his wife, Joanne. Memorial donations may be sent to the Gschwendtner Fund, c/o Lexington Historical Society, P.O. Box 514, Lexington, MA 02420.

Gordon C. Gong

Gordon C. Gong of Newton, a technical staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, died Aug. 7 at the age of 49. He had been working at Lincoln Lab since 1998. Survivors include his wife, Xue Ru; a son, Kenyen Gong; and a daughter, Casandra Gong. Memorial donations may be made to the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, 200 Pasteur Drive, Room H3680, Stanford, CA 94305.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 8, 2003.


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