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John R. Martin
A memorial service was held September 30 in the MIT Chapel for John R. Martin, 45, of East Hampstead, NH, who died suddenly on August 15.
Mr. Martin had been a research specialist in the analysis facility at the Center for Materials Science and Engineering since 1980. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Mr. Martin had been an NMR spectrometer operator there before coming to MIT.
Mr. Martin leaves his parents, Joseph and Fay Martin, and a brother, Daniel Martin, all of Louisiana.
Anthony Ferola, 86, of Somerville, a retired senior stock clerk at Lincoln Laboratory, died on March 18. He worked at Lincoln from 1952 until his retirement in 1973. He leaves a nephew, Peter Ferola.
John F. Lynch
John F. Lynch, 62, of Vernal, VT, a former custodian in Physical Plant, died on August 17, following a long illness. Mr. Lynch, formerly of West Roxbury, had worked at MIT since 1981. He is survived by his wife, Ellen A. Lynch, and a daughter, Linda.
Albert H. Picking
Albert H. Picking, 79, of Westford, a retired custodian at Haystack Observatory, died on July 10. Mr. Picking worked at Haystack from 1965 until his retirement in 1991. He leaves his wife, Bernice Picking.
Word has been received of the July 29 death of Walter Rutkowski, 79, of Watertown. Mr. Rutkowski worked at Haystack Observatory from 1946 until his retirement in 1982.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Rutkowski; a son, Andrew W. Rutkowski, and three daughters, Susan Rutkowski-Murgia, Dorothy Ann Galli and Marie R. Maloney.
James F. Smith
James F. Smith, 71, of Holiday, FL, died on September 18. Mr. Smith worked at Lincoln Laboratory from 1954 until his retirement in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Smith.
Raymond Tavanese , 71, of Medford, died on August 28. Mr. Tavanese worked in Physical Plant from 1967 until his retirement in 1988. He leaves his wife, Leonora Tavanese, and a son, Anthony Tavanese.
A version of this article appeared in the October 19, 1994 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 39, Number 8).