Russell G. ClisbeeRussell G. Clisbee, a custodian at MIT, passed away on Monday, Feb. 9. According to an e-mail written by Rod Garcia, director of admissions for the Sloan School of Management, Clisbee was an employee of MIT for 23 years.
The MIT Police received a call around 8 a.m. on Monday from someone who said that the door to a men’s bathroom on the first floor of E51 would only open a few inches and that he could see someone lying on the floor inside, said John Di Fava, director of security and campus police services.
Lt. Albert F. Pierce Jr., one of the officers who responded to the scene several minutes after the call, said that there was no indication of foul play.
The MIT police checked the body for vital signs and contacted the Cambridge Fire Advanced Life Support. Clisbee was later pronounced dead. Following standard procedure, the investigation was handed over to the District Attorney’s office, Di Fava said.
The investigation “is not being treated as suspicious,” said Seth Horwitz, a spokesman for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. He said that it appears that Clisbee died of natural causes.
Clisbee was in his late 50’s, Di Fava said.
Clisbee is survived by two members of the MIT community: his wife, Elizabeth A. Mulcahy, an administrative assistant in the admissions office, and his brother, Paul F. Clisbee, a maintenance mechanic in the department of facilities.
According to an obituary in the Globe, Clisbee also has a daughter, Kimberly, and another brother, Calvin. A wake was held yesterday evening, and a funeral followed by a mass will be held today.
“Known to always sport a smile and a slanted cap, Russell was a valued member of the Sloan community who will be missed,” wrote Garcia.