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Festus Michael Moore, a junior in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital shortly after midnight Saturday, Jan. 30, after a fall from the 15th floor of a Boston University building at 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
The incident was reported by a BU custodian at the building known as the Law Tower. The custodian told police he heard something hit the ground as he was walking to his car about 11:55pm Friday, Jan. 29. The custodian turned and saw Mr. Moore's body.
Mr. Moore was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:25am January 30, MIT Campus Police said.
Mr. Moore, known to many at MIT as Fes-Mike, a combination of his first and middle names, was a 1990 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. He was active in Scouting and had wide-ranging interests, including astronomy and constitutional law. He had taken courses in those fields at Manhattan College and Lehman College in New York City. At MIT, his first major was in aeronautics and astronautics. He switched to the electrical science and engineering curriculum of Course 6 with the start of this academic year. He had many friends in Information Systems, where he was employed.
Mr. Moore was fluent in Spanish and lived in Spanish House. His home address was in The Bronx, N.Y.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Martha Anne Moore, and a brother, Eric, 16. Mr. Moore's father died several years ago.
A memorial service in celebration of the life of Professor Emeritus Robert O. Preusser will be held Monday, Feb. 8, at 2pm in the MIT Chapel. Professor Preusser died on November 15.A memorial service for Professor Emerita Phyllis A. Wallace will be held on Monday, Feb. 22, at 2pm in the Bartos Theater of the Wiesner Building. A reception will follow. Professor Wallace died January 9.
Joseph DiLorenzi, 93, of Sharon, died on January 6. Mr. DiLorenzi was a service staff member in aeronautics and astronautics from 1962 until his retirement in 1962. He leaves a stepson, Edwin Walsh.
A version of this article appeared in the February 3, 1993 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 21).