Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
JOHN J. BARBATO
John J. Barbato, 77, of Westwood, a retired project and construction engineer in Physical Plant, died on December 5. A Coast Guard veteran of World War II, Mr. Barbato worked at MIT from 1967 until his retirement in 1992.
He leaves his wife, Marguerite Daly Barbato; three sons, John R. of Holliston, Paul V. of Osterville and Dennis J. of Exeter, NH; a daughter, Ellen M. O'Connor of Westwood, and 11 grandchildren. Remembrances may be sent to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 West 168th St., New York, NY 10032.
ALBERT H. BERUBE
A private funeral service has been held for Albert J. Berube, 85, of Exeter, NH, a retired guard at Lincoln Laboratory, who died December 4. Mr. Berube, a Marine Corps veteran, worked at Lincoln from 1951 until his retirement in 1976.
He is survived by his wife, Elsie Brandt Berube of Exeter, a son, Thomas A. Berube of Revere, and a daughter, Susan E. Hearst of Raleigh, NC. Remembrances may be sent to St. Michael Church, 9 Lincoln St., Exeter, NH 03833.
FRANCIS W. GAGNON
Francis W. Gagnon, 83, a guard at Lincoln Laboratory from 1959 until his retirement in 1977, died on December 8. Mr. Gagnon, 83, lived in Sterling, MA. He leaves a daughter, Kathleen Plump, also of Sterling.
LYLE L. GRANT
A funeral was held January 6 for Lyle L. Grant, 82, of Carlisle, who died on January 1. Mr. Grant was an energy assistant at Lincoln Laboratory, where he worked from 1951 until his retirement in 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Mae Robson Grant; two daughters, Kristine Ann Maher and Nancy Harvey; and a son, John F. Clays, all of Billerica, and six grandchildren.
ALFRED A. HARRIS JR.
Word has been received of the November 20 death of Alfred A. Harris Jr., 69 of Malden, a former painter in Physical Plant. Mr. Harris worked at MIT from 1951 until his retirement in 1988. He leaves his wife, Doris Jean Harris of Malden.
ALF H. JOHANSEN
Alf H. Johansen, 88, of West Roxbury, a retired staff member in the Lincoln Fiscal Office, died on January 1. Mr. Johansen worked at MIT from 1951 until his retirement in 1973. He is survived by a daughter, Carol Griffin of Norwood, and a grandson.
JOSEPH G. LEGER
Joseph G. Leger, 86, of Wells, ME, a retired Campus Police officer, died on December 7. Mr. Leger worked at MIT from 1962 until his retirement in 1973. Survivors include his wife, Shirley K. Leger, and a daughter, Joan Pereira, also of Wells, ME.
FRANCIS J. MCCULLOUGH
Word has been received of the December 17 death of Francis J. McCullough, 77, of Lowell, a retired service staff member at Lincoln Laboratory. Mr. McCullough worked at MIT from 1956 until his retirement in 1981. His survivors include a sister, Helen Honstantineau of Chelmsford.
MARGARET E. NORTON
Margaret E. (Peggy) Norton, 86, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, died on December 27. Miss Norton was a support staff member in electrical engineering and conputer science. She worked for MIT from 1942 until her retirement in 1977.
Miss Norton was secretary to Professor Emeritus J. Francis Reintjes when he headed the Course VI-A program and later as director of what is now the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS).
Her survivors include a nephew, David J. Lawler, and a niece, Joanne Knight.
FREDERICK I. PAINE
A funeral Mass was held January 6 for Frederick I. Paine, 64, of Norwood, an administrative assistant at Graphic Arts. Mr. Paine died on January 3 following a long illness. An Army veteran of the Korean conflict, he had worked at MIT since 1961.
He leaves two sons, Frederick A. of Upton and John J. Paine of Attleboro; three daughters, Mary P. O'Malley and Ellen J. Ross of Wrentham and Jennifer A. Paine of Londonderry, VT; six grandchildren and his friend, Trina Mallet of Norwood. Remembrances may be sent to the LaSallet Mission Association, PO Box 2965, Attleboro, MA 02703.
Eleanor Poor, 72, a retired senior secretary in materials science and engineering, died on December 23 at the Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham. Miss Poor worked at MIT from 1972 until her retirement in 1988. Her survivors include a brother, Harris C. Poor of New York City.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 24, 1996.