Mathematician has been a member of the faculty since 1980 and department head since 2004.
A funeral was held at the Long Home for Funerals on February 24 for Diana Borsini, 67, of Somerville, who died on February 21. She was hired at MIT in 1957 and was a senior office assistant at the MIT Press when she retired in 1995.
Ms. Borsini is survived by two brothers, Jeremiah A. and Latino L. of Somerville, and several nieces and nephews. She was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford.
RALPH S. CATALDO
A funeral Mass was said on February 22 at St. Michael's Church in Bedford for Ralph S. Cataldo, 65, of Concord, who died on February 13 after a December 8 car accident which also claimed his wife Barbara. He was an electrical engineer at Lincoln Laboratory who retired last year after 23 years of service.
Mr. Cataldo is survived by two daughters, Linda M. of Goffstown, NH, and Laurie J. of Germantown, MD, and a son, Richard F. of Boca Raton, FL. He was buried in St. Bernard's Cemetery in Concord. Contributions in his memory may be may to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or the Northeast Animal Shelter, 204 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.
THOMAS W. HALPIN SR.
A funeral Mass was held at St. Joseph's Church in Everett on February 18 for Thomas W. Halpin Sr., 69, of Malden, who died on February 13. He began working at MIT in 1978 and was head custodian in Physical Plant at his retirement in 1992.
Mr. Halpin is survived by two daughters, Nancy Sullivan of Malden and Charlotte Skiffington of N. Reading, and a son, Thomas Jr. of Malden, and three grandchildren. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
William Sampson, 87, of Dorches-ter, a retired custodian in Physical Plant who retired in 1975 after 19 years of service, died on February 14. Survivors include his wife, Agnes.
Edna Watkins, 76, of Cambridge, died on February 14. She was hired in 1970 and was an infirmary aide in the Medical Department when she retired in 1983. She is survived by a son, Vusumuzi Maduna of Boston; a daughter, Arllette Watkins of Belmont, and five grandchildren.
FREDERIC W. WATRISS
Frederic W. Watriss, 78, of Concord, a former associate treasurer, died on February 20. He began his MIT career in 1941 and retired in 1978. Mr. Watriss received the SB in industrial management from MIT in 1941 and was involved in aircraft testing at the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel during World War II.
He leaves his wife, Mary E.; two sons, Frederic Jr. of Concord and James G. of Acton; a brother, James of Glyndon, MD, and two grandchildren.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 19, 1997.