In Memorium: the AI Lab's Marilyn Melithoniotes


Marilyn Walter Melithoniotes (1946-2017) was a long-time administrative staff member of MIT. She was an assistant administrative officer in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1986 to 2001, and executive assistant in the Office of the Executive Vice President until 2011.

Marilyn frequently remembered her interactions with professors, students, and fellow staff members, many of whom remained good friends after she retired from MIT. She remembered MIT people as uniquely gifted with broad talents — the same professor who was a robotics specialist might also give a colorful media presentation on Spanish wines or contemporary art. She recalled professor Patrick Winston’s “How to Speak” talk as being one of the best lectures she ever attended.

Prior to working at MIT, Marilyn was a research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School’s Hematology Department and SUNY Buffalo’s Department of Molecular Biology. Reading, classical music and bird watching were her favorite pursuits.

Marilyn died suddenly in early October while being treated for Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. Marilyn is greatly missed by her husband John Melithoniotes, her friends, and family. Friends who would like to reach John can write him at 124 Parkwood Drive, Amherst, NY 14226. Friends are encouraged to donate to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.