Campus & Community

In Memoriam

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Burns, served Harvard for 43 years, dies at 79

Robert Burns, retired Harvard parking director, died July 30 in Boston. He was 79. Burns began his career at the University in 1946 working for Professor Howard Aiken on the Mark 1, an IBM sequenced contact calculator. He continued in the Department of Engineering and Applied Physics until 1977, when he became head of the Parking Office, a position he held until his retirement in 1989.

Parks, a Gazette editor for 18 years, dies at 89

Ruth M. Parks, former associate editor of the Harvard University Gazette, died July 23 in Brookline. She was 89.

Parks worked for a group of publishers and was secretary to John Kenneth Galbraith before becoming associate editor of the Gazette in 1958, a post she held for 18 years.

Pool, Radcliffe research director, dies at 82

Jean MacKenzie Pool, research director of the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study from 1964 to 1970, died on July 19 while visiting Slovakia. She was 82.

In 1956, she married Ithiel de Sola Pool, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and established a home in Cambridge, where she lived for the rest of her life.

At the Radcliffe Institute, Pool collected data and developed theories on what made women artists and entrepreneurs successful in re-entering the working world after having taken time off to rear a child.

Between 1971 and 1990 she was associated with the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Institute for International Development as a thesis supervisor and researcher.

A memorial service is planned for late September in Cambridge. For further information, contact Adam Pool at

Resources Committee member dies at 79

Robert K. Weary ’43, HLS ’48, a member of Harvard’s Committee on University Resources, died Jan. 29, 2001, in Topeka, Kan.

Brown, former Fellows Program director, dies at 86; memorial is set

Benjamin Houston Brown, the former director of the Fellows Program at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs (renamed the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in 1998), died June 12 after a long illness. Brown retired from the University in 1983 after 24 years of service.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m., at the Memorial Church.