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Maryrose Eramo, assistant to the director for administration and director of advanced placement in the Admissions Office, died January 2 after a long illness. She was 46.
Michael Behnke, director of admissions, praised Ms. Eramo, who had worked at MIT since 1976, as "the type of person who gives an organization a soul.
"She could make colleagues and students personal friends and practically `family,'" he said. "What was amazing was the fact that as supervisor of student employees and chief budget officer, she was as tough as could be with both long-time friends and newcomers, but that never stopped the bonds of affection from growing. That was partly due to a great sense of humor accompanied by a hearty laugh. She also had an incredibly positive can-do attitude even though she had a very complicated and demanding job and persistent health problems. It is hard to imagine our office, professionally or personally, without her."
Ms. Eramo, who lived in Watertown, formerly resided in Pittsfield.
She is survived by her father, Edgar Eramo of Pittsfield and a brother, Michael Eramo, and a sister-in-law, Helen Carey, of Concord.
A funeral mass was held on January 6 at Sacred Heart Church in Pittsfield. A memorial service at MIT will be scheduled in the near future.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, Inc., 180 Rust Craft Road, Dedham, MA 02026.
Anna Pogosyants, 26, of Cambridge, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science, was killed along with her husband in an automobile accident in Vermont on December 15. Her husband, Igor Slobodkin, was a graduate student in biomedical sciences at Turft University.
According to the obituary in the Boston Globe, they were born in Russia and had been friends since high school in Moscow. They were married before beginning their graduate study here in 1990.
Ms. Pogosyants is survived by her parents, Bella and Gregory Pogosyants of San Francisco, and grandparents in Moscow.