Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
Vladimir Belruss, a technical staff member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1958 until his retirement in 1984, died on February 1. He was 74 and lived in Westwood. Mr. Belruss, a native of Odessa, Ukraine, had continued to work part-time as a research affiliate in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering. He is survived by his wife, Liselot Hensel Belruss.
John J. Conlon
A funeral Mass was held February 15 for John J. Conlon, 51, of Brookline, an electro-mechanical technician at the Frances Bitter National Magnet Laboratory. Mr. Conlon, who had worked at MIT since 1979, died on February 11.He is survived by his wife, Patricia Neary Conlon; four sons, Kevin, John F. and Matthew Conlon, all of Brookline, and Steven Conlon, of Canton, and a grandson. Memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity Hospice of Boston, 311 Cypress St., Brookline 02146.
Charles P. Dyjak
Word has been received of the December 24 death of Dr. Charles P. Dyjak, 51, of Harvard. Dr. Dyjak, who had worked at Lincoln Laboratory since 1969, was associate group leader of Group 92. His survivors include his wife, Kathleen Dyjak.
Ada G. Forrester
Ada G. Forrester, 68, a former support staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, died of cancer on February 19 in Eastham, where she was living in retirement. Mrs. Forrester worked at Lincoln from 1968 until retiring in 1985.Mrs. Forrester is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Forrester of Arlington and Ellen Van Mossel of Ottawa; a son, William Forrester of New York City; a sister, Patricia Baker of Eastham, and two grandchildren. Remembrances may be sent to Oxfam America, 26 West St., Boston 02111, or to the Lower Cape Outreach Council, 19 Brewster Cross Road, Orleans 02653.
Walter Grabowski, 59, of Wilmington, a technician at Lincoln Laboratory since 1959, died on February 25. He is survived by his wife, Carol Thomson Grabowski; two sons, Scott W. of San Francisco and Glenn C. Grabowski of Townsend, and two sisters.
Harland Wing, 82, a service staff member at Lincoln Laboratory from 1959 until his retirement in 1976, died on February 17. He was living in Rochester Hills, MI. Survivors include his wife, Lena; a son, Forrest Wing, and a daughter, Barbara Wing.
A version of this article appeared in the March 9, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 38, Number 25).