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June 9, 2001

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BOSTON (AP) _ Paul Dietrich, a founding partner of the architectural design firm Cambridge Seven, died June 2. He was 75.

Dietrich founded the Cambridge Seven in 1962, along with Peter Chermayeff, Alden Christie, Ivan Chermayeff, Terry Rankine, Lou Bakanowsky and Tom Geismar.

The firm’s projects included the New England Aquarium, Charles Square in Cambridge, the Boston Children’s Museum and the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska and studied for three years at the Moholy Nagy Institute of Design in Chicago, which was founded on the fundamental Bauhaus design philosophy that ``form follows function.″

He earned a master’s degree in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Nathaniel Rochester

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) _ Nathaniel ``Nat″ Rochester, who helped design IBM’s first scientific computer, the 701, and the company’s first general-purpose computer, the 702, died Friday of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82.

Rochester graduated in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1941 and went on to work on microwave circuits and radio frequency detectors for radar in the MIT radiation laboratory until 1943. He also managed the design and construction of radar sets for the U.S. Navy and the Royal Air Force.

In 1948, he joined the IBM team where he was in charge of the engineering of IBM’s 700 series, which included scientific and general-purpose computers.

Rochester joined the IBM researcher laboratory in 1955, working on major national research projects for air defense, air traffic control and the development of the LISP programming language.

He received two IBM Outstanding Patent Awards for the design of the 701 and 702 computer models and was appointed an IBM fellow in 1967. He was also a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Joseph Routh

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Joseph Routh, a former University of Iowa biochemistry professor who played a lead role in the development of Bufferin, an over-the-counter pain reliever, and the antacid Rolaids, died Tuesday. He was 91.

In 1942, Routh became an assistant professor at the University of Iowa and was named a full professor in 1951. From 1959 to 1973, he was president of the American Board of Clinical Chemists.

Routh and other University of Iowa colleagues were instrumental in the development of Bufferin, according to John Donelson, head of the Iowa biochemistry department.

Routh’s last project before his retirement involved research into the drug L-dopa for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

He also founded Exercise for Better Life Inc. in Highland Park, Ark., a place filled with exercise equipment where the community, particularly the elderly, could become active and improve their health.

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