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1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
RANKIN, John "Bruce" Of Nashua, NH, formerly of Lexington, MA died on May 15, 2014 at the age of 90. He was born on July 11, 1923 in Baltimore, Maryland to Carl Seib Rankin and Helen Whiting Rankin of Newark, Delaware. Bruce enrolled in Harvard University in 1941 after graduating from the Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ. College was interrupted by WWII. Bruce served in the Philippines as a member of the US Army Signal Corps. After the war, he finished his degree at Harvard and enrolled in graduate school at Princeton University. In Princeton, he met his future wife, Louise Firth. He went on to complete his Masters Degree in electrical engineering and worked several years designing television antennas for RCA in Princeton. Bruce and Louises two sons were born in Princeton before the family moved to Lexington, Massachusetts in 1962. Bruce started his 29 year career at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he designed satellite antennas. He completed his work at Lincoln Lab with positions in Human Resources and Computer Programming. Bruce was a dedicated volunteer and served as a Scout Leader, Church Deacon, and Elementary School Math Tutor. He loved to sing in his church choir, play the piano (largely self-taught), ice dance, and hike, particularly in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He loved to interact with other people and could easily strike up a conversation with anyone. He had an amazing memory for past events and particularly for spots of panoramic views of his favorite hiking trails. In retirement, Bruce enjoyed swimming, kayaking, sailing, and spending time with his family at their home in Squam Lake, NH. Bruce is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Louise; his brother, Douglas and wife Mary of Washington, DC; sister in-law, Elizabeth Rogers of Wakefield, RI; son, John and wife Anne Barati of Richmond, VT; grandsons, Ted and Eli; and four nieces, Kathy, Andi, Molly and Betsy. He was pre-deceased by his son Edward (Ted). Services: A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. The Davis Funeral Home, One Lock St., NASHUA, is assisting the family with arrangements. An online guest book is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com (603-883-3401) One Memory Lights Another.
Published in The Boston Globe on May 19, 2014
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