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LAWRENCE H. BANNISTER
Lawrence H. Bannister, 72, of Canton, an electronic engineer at Lincoln Lab who retired in September, died on December 17. He was hired in 1967 and worked on space-program projects including Atlas rockets and Apollo missions.
Mr. Bannister leaves his wife, Margaret; two daughters, Sheila and Louise, and a son, Matthew.
ROBERT A. BARLOW
A funeral service was held on December 18 in the First Calvary Baptist Church in North Andover for Robert A. Barlow, 62, of Andover, a construction administrator with Physical Plant who died on December 14. He was hired at MIT in 1987. He leaves his widow, Jane E. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Calvary Baptist Church Memorial Garden Fund, 586 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover, MA, 01845.
CHARLES W. BLAKE
Charles W. Blake, 69, of Leander, TX, died on December 30. He was a sponsored research staff member in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science when he retired in 1986 after working at MIT for 34 years. He leaves his wife, Maxine, and a daughter, Susan Blake of Hawaii.
G. AUSTIN DAVIS
G. Austin Davis, 85, of Chelmsford, a former service staff member at Haystack Observatory, died on January 4. He was hired in 1954 and retired in 1978. Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Matthews of Brighton, CO, and Juanita Allen of Loma Linda, CA, and a son, John Davis of Loma Linda.
Stasia Iwanski, 79, of Westford, a former service staff member with Food Services, died on December 15. She retired in 1979 after working at MIT for 15 years. Survivors include her husband, Chester; a son, Chester; two daughters, Karen and Linda F. of Westford.
ANTHONY J. LEPORE
A funeral Mass was said in St. Peter's Church in Cambridge on December 24 for Anthony J. Lepore, 88, of Cambridge, who died on December 21. He was a custodian for Physical Plant when he retired in 1974 after 10 years of MIT service. Survivors include his wife, Frances (Castrucci) and a niece. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.
ELEANOR S. LUTZ
Eleanor Steadman Lutz, 93, of Clarksville, VA, died on December 15. She was hired in 1938 and was a support staff member in military science when she retired in 1969.
Anthony Montesanti, 88, of Mattapan, who worked at MIT for 10 years as a custodian for Physical Plant, died December 15 after a long illness. He retired from MIT in 1973. He is survived by his wife, Victoria of Mattapan; a daughter, Eleanor Schools of Quincy, and a son, John of Florida.
FERENC NAGY JR.
A funeral was held on January 14 in the First Church of Christ Congregational in Bedford for Ferenc Nagy Jr., 71, of Bedford, who died on January 10. He was hired at Lincoln Laboratory in 1956 and was an administrative staff member at his retirement in 1981.
Mr. Nagy is survived by his wife, Anna, an administrative assistant at Lincoln Lab; a son, Ferenc M. of Derry, NH; a daughter, Ilona Burdette of Lebanon, KY, two sisters and a brother.
William Presson, 82, of Beverly Farms, a former Dewey Library chief reference librarian, died on December 13. He retired in 1977 after 11 years at MIT. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 5, 1997.