Miriam Yoffa Rich, former longtime lab technician, 88


Miriam Yoffa Rich, who worked for 41 years as a laboratory technician at MIT, died Wednesday, Feb. 6. She was 88.

Born in Gardner, Mass., Rich was one of 11 children born to Pearl B. and Joseph Yoffa. She lived most recently in Venice, Fla.; before that she lived in Brookline, Mass.

Rich was employed at MIT for many years as a laboratory technician in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, beginning in 1947 until her retirement in 1988. She was an American Red Cross volunteer for many years in Massachusetts. She was also a volunteer at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital and the American Cancer Association.

She was a wonderful dancer, consummate bridge player, and an avid news follower. Her tremendous sense of humor and zest for life will be missed by all her friends and family.

Rich was the beloved wife of the deceased Kenneth B. Rich. She was the beloved aunt of seven surviving nieces and one nephew and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by two stepsons.

A service will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, at Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon, Mass.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 12, 2008 (download PDF).


Topics: Materials science, Obituaries, Staff

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