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Ronald J. Pelletier, who worked in Divisions 2, 3, 6 and 9 at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory for more than a quarter-century, died on July 5. He was 70.
Born in Lawrence, Mass., Pelletier lived in Methuen, Mass., for several years. He was employed as a systems analyst at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory for nearly 28 years working on the LES-8/9 experimental communications satellite projects and in air and missile defense technologies and aerospace divisions. He also worked at sites in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, Washington, D.C., and at Millstone Hill in Westford, Mass., before his retirement in 1996. He lived in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for 10 years, coming from Nashua, N.H.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lucie, also an MIT retiree; sons Gary, of Hudson, Mass., and Carl, of Chico, Calif.; four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.
Services were held on July 8 at St. Bernadette Church, Port St. Lucie, Fla., with inurnment in Methuen, Mass., on Sept. 13.