Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
Oscar Palmer, 65, a dorm housekeeper, died on Feb. 12. He had been working at MIT since 1985.
Joseph Perry Jr., a Lincoln Laboratory utility worker, died on March 27 at age 55. He joined Lincoln Lab in 1986 and had been on long-term disability since 1998. Survivors include his wife, Beverley, two daughters, Michelle P. Perry and Melissa M. Perry; and two grandchildren.
Anne L. Richard, an administrative secretary, died on Jan. 16. She worked at MIT for 31 years.
Robert A. Sargent of Methuen, a custodian at Lincoln since 1987, died April 21 at age 52. He is survived by his father, George E. Sargent of Methuen; a son, Robert Sargent of Nashua, N.H.; a daughter, Alison Sargent of Reading; two sisters, Alice Szczepkowski of Windham, N.H., and Virginia Sargent of Rhode Island; two brothers, Thomas Sargent of St. Lucy, Fla., and Joseph Sargent of Woburn.
Jacques B. Thompson, a former technical staff member, died on March 4 at age 83. He retired in 1986 after working at MIT for 10 years.
Sandra G. Wilkes, a senior data entry operator in the Controller's Accounting Office, died on Dec. 23 at age 60. She had been working at MIT since 1970.