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Joseph Paul Catalano

Joseph Paul Catalano, former Music Library circulation supervisor, died of a brain tumor May 27 at his home. He was 45. Catalano worked in the library system from 1990 until 1997. He was a pioneer in the Music Library’s Digital Music Network Project, a system of delivering music listening assignments via the internet. He received his BA in music from the University of Buffalo, and MA in musicology from Washington University. Catalano is survived by his wife, Wendy Burch, his parents and three siblings.

Mary Louise Dunn

Mary Louise Dunn, administrative assistant in the Division of Ecosystem Sciences in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, died May 31, after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 47.

Dunn began her Berkeley career in 1988 as a TAP employee in the Personnel Department, and worked in a number of departments as a casual and career employee, before accepting her most recent position in August 1993.

“Mary was known throughout campus and brought joy to all she came in contact with,” said Empe Grant, her supervisor. “Her cheerful disposition and positive outlook helped us all.”

Dunn is survived by her husband of 28 years, Robert William Dunn, a staff employee in the Physics Department; daughters Ojuana and Erecka; her mother; three siblings and two granddaughters.

Earl Parker

Earl Randall Parker, professor emeritus of materials science and mineral engineering and a National Medal of Science recipient, died May 9 at the UC Medical Center in Sacramento. He was 85.

“He was one of the grand old men of metallurgy, particularly steel technology,” said Robert O. Ritchie, professor of materials science and mineral engineering and one of Parker’s last postdoctoral students. “But he had an influence on all aspects of materials science.”

Parker chaired the Department of Mineral Technology from 1953 to 1957 and from 1965 to 1966 and fostered its involvement in research. He encouraged the Department of Energy to form a research program in materials science at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, which has since become one of the most prominent materials science research centers in the world.

Parker is survived by his wife, Agnes, of Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Margaret Sullivan, of Fair Oaks, Calif.; a son, William Parker, of Southern California; and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hanna Boys Center, P. O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA, 95476.

Shulamit Roth

Shulamit Roth, a computer programmer in Information Systems & Technology, died April 28. She was 46 and had worked at Berkeley for 16 years.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Roth earned her BS degree in mathematics with distinction in 1973 from Tel Aviv University, where she also did graduate work and lectured from 1972 to 1976.

After employment at IBM Israel from 1976 to 1981, Roth moved with her family to Berkeley, where her husband, Ilan Roth, had been hired as research physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory.

Shortly afterward, she joined IS&T, where her expertise in computer database management systems was a resource for faculty, administrators and students. In addition to her software development work, she taught courses and served as a consultant.

More recently, Roth developed web interfaces to databases. She taught other campus web developers and served as web master for Workstation Support Services. She also founded Web net, the campus special interest group in web technologies.

Last September, Roth helped organize a community workshop on web access for people with disabilities.

A recipient of numerous distinguished service awards, Roth was among those named for the CAUSE Best Practices in Service Award for 1996.

Roth is survived by her husband; her daughters Tali, a Berkeley electrical engineering and computer science student, and Caryn; and her brother and parents in Israel.

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