Obituaries


Edward A. Perkins Jr.

Edward A. Perkins Jr., 70, of Brookline, formerly of Somerville, died Jan. 2 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Nashua, N.H.

For 33 years, Perkins worked as a heat and ventilation mechanic at MIT, retiring in 1995.

From 1958 to 1963 he served in the Air Force. During that time he was assigned to the 40th Air Refueling Squadron. He was a member of the American Legion, the Union Local # 254 SEIU and the MIT Quarter Century Club. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, camping and listening to jazz music.

Perkins is survived by his wife of 49 years, Louise M. (Macdonald) Perkins; two sons, Edward A. Perkins III of Medford and David J. Perkins of Amesbury; three daughters, Julie Gangemi of Peabody, Pamela P. Little of Marlo, N.H., and Peggy Kilroy of Haverhill; and 11 grandchildren. He also leaves his lifelong friend, James Jordan of Hopkinton.

Burial will be in the New Hampshire Veteran's Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H.

Contributions may be made to Research for Pulmonary Fibrosis, c/o American Lung Association of New Hampshire, 9 Cedarwood Dr., Unit 12, Bedford, NH 03110.

Glenn F. Pippert

Glen F. Pippert, a former MIT Lincoln Laboratory site manager at the Kiernan Reentry Measurement Site in the -Marshall Islands who served the Laboratory for 30 years, died Dec. 27, 2006, at his home in St. Augustine, Fla. He was 86.

Pippert was born in Howards Grove, Wis., on March 7, 1920, and was educated in the Howards Grove schools. He served in the United States Navy from 1937 to 1946 entering as a seaman and leaving as a commissioned officer. He saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific arenas. Glen received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Boston University. Pippert joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1954 and retired in 1985.

He served as head of the Optics Division from 1980 until his retirement.

Pippert is survived by his wife, Faye; daughters Vivian, Kelly and Christi; sons Richard, Robert, Tim and Ted, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving Pippert are two sisters and two brothers in Wisconsin.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Unitarian Church at 353 Great Rd. in Stow, Mass. Donations should be made to Good Shepherd Manor, P.O. Box 1029, Lucasville, OH 45648, in the name of Glen Pippert. Good Shepherd Manor is a home for mentally handicapped men.

William F. Saunders

William F. Saunders, of Marlborough, a retired employee of Lincoln Laboratory, died Nov. 30 at Youville Hospital and Rehab Center in Cambridge. He was 77.

Saunders retired from Lincoln Lab in 1994.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen L. (Kiernan) Saunders; three brothers, George B. Saunders Jr. of Richmond, Va., Jeremiah J. Saunders of Canton, Ga., and John L. Saunders of Wellesley; two sisters, Mary A. Chappelle of Natick and Winnie C. Golden of Hope Mills, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to Our Danny Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 2795, Worcester, MA 01613.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 10, 2007 (download PDF).


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