Actions of MIT’s 15th president have ‘grown to inspire generations,’ Reif says.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 19, for Max Seltzer, 94, of Needham, who died on May 15.
Mr. Seltzer was a 1918 chemical engineering graduate of MIT who ultimately headed his own company, Seltzer and Company of Allston. He retired at the age of 88.
He entered MIT at 15 when it was still in the Back Bay and was among the students who literally helped move the Institute to Cambridge by carrying books across the river.
Mr. Seltzer was an enthusiastic alumnus who was a lifelong class officer and fundraiser for MIT activities. In his 80s he was instrumental in forming two new alumni organizations: the Cardinal and Gray Society for those beyond their fiftieth class reunion, and the Boston Seminar Series for exploring intellectual frontiers.
Mr. Seltzer is survived by his wife, Selma Pelonsky; a sister, Mrs. Kenneth J. Germeshausen of Weston; a niece, Nancy Klavens of Pennsylvania, and two grand nieces.
Word has been received of the March 24 death of Anna Carrigan, 88, of East Boston. She was a support staff member in the Department of Meteorology from 1948 until her retirement in 1971.
Joseph F. Costa
Joseph F. Costa, 73, of Cambridge, a retired food service worker, died on April 27. He had worked at MIT from 1968 until his retirement in 1985.Mr. Costa leaves two sisters, Mary Mattera and Anna Costa of Cambridge, a brother, Aurelio Costa of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.
Joseph J. Kelley
Joseph J. Kelley, 69, of Salem, a retired service worker at Lincoln Laboratory, died on April 5. He worked at Lincoln from 1958 until his retirement in 1985.He leaves his wife, Emily Kelley; three daughters, Susan, Judith and Carol, and a son, Brian.
A version of this article appeared in the May 26, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 34).