Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
A funeral was held on March 10 in Lexington for George Ellis, 91, of Lexington, who died on March 6. He began work at MIT in 1957 and was a guard in the Office of Sponsored Programs when he retired in 1972.
Mr. Ellis leaves three brothers, Francis of Arlington, Earle of Wilmington and Raymond of Lexington; and two sisters, Winifred Kangas of Arlington and Mildred Del Gaizo of Lexington. He was buried in Westview Cemetery in Lexington.
DONALD M. HARRISON
Donald M. Harrison, 71, of Cambridge, a retired mechanic in Physical Plant, died on March 6. was employed at MIT from 1969 to 1991. Survivors include his wife, June.
William James, 78, of Chelmford, a former garage mechanic at Lincoln Laboratory, died on March 25. He retired in 1983 after 23 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle; two daughters, Eleanor Singalais of Derry, NH, and Virginia Penrose of Billerica; a son, Steven of Chelmsford, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
ROGER S. NAPPIER
Roger S. Nappier, 75, of Jamaica Plain, died on March 18. He was a grounds worker in Physical Plant who retired in 1986 after 15 years at MIT. Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Lascene Hooker and Karen Harris; and a son, Rodger.
ALBERT J. PUKT
A funeral Mass was held at St. Mark's Church in Dorchester on March 8 for Albert J. Pukt, 78, of Falmouth Heights, who died on March 5. He was a machinist in the Department of Chemical Engineering when he retired in 1982 after 29 years at MIT.
Mr. Pukt leaves a daughter, Gayle Knipe of Marlboro; two sisters, Elizabeth Aylward of Taunton and Natalie Mahoney of Abington; a brother, Joseph of Abington, and several nieces and nephews.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 3, 1997.