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WALTER MILNE MEMORIAL
A memorial service for Walter Milne has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Killian Hall. Milne, a former aide to six MIT presidents, helped develop many Cambridge institutions as MIT's liaison to the city. He died on Dec. 27 at the age of 80.
CATHERINE LYNN STEELE
A memorial service was held on Monday, Jan. 27 at the MIT Chapel for Catherine Lynn Steele, 51, an administrative assistant in the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting at the Sloan School since 1989. She died in the MIT Medical inpatient unit on Dec. 10 after a seven-year battle with cancer.
Steele received her B.A. from Smith College and her D.M.A. in composition in 1993 from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She was an accomplished musician adept at piano and violin, and she composed operas, a requiem, chamber music and songs. She was also multilingual; she taught herself languages from books, tapes and music, and wrote translations of poetry and prose in Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, Finnish, Russian and Norwegian.
Steele is survived by her father, James Steele of Florida; a sister, Pamela Reznick, and a niece and nephew, all of Washington, D.C.
Donald Batman of Acton, a former technical staff member at Lincoln Laboratory, died on Jan. 20 at the age of 72. He was hired in 1969 and retired in 1990. Survivors include his wife, Joan.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Malden on Jan. 24 for Estil Jones of Medford, a former manager in the Superintendent's Office, who died on Jan. 20 at the age of 86. He began working at MIT in 1965 and retired in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Georgianna; a daughter, Margaret Newberry of Mashpee; a son, John of Medford; a sister, Fannie Atkins of Cleveland; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the Community Family, 121 Washington St., Medford, MA 02155.
Cyril "Cy" Tourtellotte of East Walpole, a former technical staff member in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, died on Dec. 24 from injuries sustained in a car accident on Oct. 13. He was 85. He retired in 1977 after working at MIT for 36 years in the LNS and the Radiation Laboratory. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Suzanne Tourtellotte (Ph.D. 1966), and two grandchildren. He was buried in Norwich, Conn.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 29, 2003.