Research shows the success of a bacterial community depends on its shape.
Louise C. Licklider of Arlington, former head of the MIT Matrons, died Jan. 16. She was the wife of the late Professor J.C.R. Licklider, who died in 1990. She taught English as a second language to MIT students and was also an actress and director for community theater in Arlington and Belmont. She is survived by a daughter, Linda Smith; a son, Tracy Licklider; two brothers, Harry Dee Carpenter and Larry Carpenter; and three grandchildren. Private services were held. Donations in her memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709-3498.
John H. Perkins of Canton, a heat and ventilation mechanic at Lincoln Laboratory since 1983, died Dec. 16 at the age of 57. Survivors include his mother, Mary of Canton; two children, Kelly of Rhode Island and Brian of North Carolina; a brother, Harold of Boston; a sister, Terry Melket of Canton; as well as two nephews and several cousins. A funeral Mass was said at St. John the Evangelist Church in Canton on Dec. 19. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 11, 2004.