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Nancy Jane Alusow

May 16, 1943February 1, 2020
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Nancy Jane Alusow of Boston, Massachusetts passed away on February 1, 2020 at the age of 76 of complications after a long illness. Nancy was born in Kansas, grew up in Colorado and took her western roots east. She earned an Associates in Math/Physics and Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University, a Masters in Engineering Management from Western New England University, as well as a Masters Certificate in Government Contracts from George Washington University. With over 50 years of service at MIT and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Nancy's ever-expanding accomplishments included Assistant Site Manager, Reagan Test Range, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands and Division Assistant for the Aerospace Division. Retirement didn't stop her progress and she became Co-chair of the Association of MIT Retirees; Board member of the MIT Quarter Century Club; and continued contract work. Her passions included reading, architecture, skiing, travel, scuba, gardening, and the desire to return to Hawaii and the South Pacific.

Nancy was predeceased by her husband John Arthur Alusow of Tewksbury and leaves behind her son John and his wife Stephanie of Somerville, MA.

Visitation and reception will be held at the Waterman-Langone Boston Harborside Funeral Home on Saturday, February 8 from 2pm to 6pm. Valet parking is available at the front of the funeral home. An additional memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 10:30am to 11:30am at the MIT Chapel, 48 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139 followed by a reception.

Donations may be made in Nancy's name to the MIT Retirees Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, 77 Massachusetts Ave. Bldg. E19-711, Cambridge, MA 02139 (https://giving.mit.edu/)


  • Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, February 8, 2020


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Judi Donlan

February 9, 2020

"Friend for Life"

Just want to say 'Good-by' to a wonderful friend.
If I didn't choose to work at Lincoln Laboratory, I would have never met
such a nice, genuine and caring person.
Time together was too short.
May we meet again some day.

Sid Sridharan

February 7, 2020

An extraordinary woman, I got to know her well when I was a Group Leader in Division 9 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Always cheerful and very helpful, she made my administrative headaches disappear easily. She was always friendly to me and, later on, when she got to know my wife, to her too. One of the things we looked forward to when attending Retiree Association and Quarter Century Club meetings was catching up with Nancy and her activities. We will miss that interaction.

Janet Alusow/Bobar

February 4, 2020

My young sister-in-law, Nancy, was widowed at an early age. She survived her loving husband's "freak" accident to courageously raise their son single-handedly. Going back to school to complete her education while a working parent, she continued her devoted career with patriotic fervor and diligence. Even though she never wore a military uniform, Nancy faithfully served her country as a true patriot. We'll miss her delightful humor and her warm and generous smile.