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Antimony L. Gerhardt

By Jenny Zhang

Antimony L. Gerhardt, an MIT graduate student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, died in her Cambridge apartment yesterday apparently of natural causes, although autopsy results are pending. Gerhardt was a “wonderful young lady, extremely sweet,” said Samuel C. Crooks, associate director of finance and sponsor relations for Microsystems Technology Laboratories, where Gerhardt did her research.

No foul play is suspected, but until the autopsy is completed, no causes of death are being ruled out, said Frank Pasquerello, public relations officer for the Cambridge Police. For privacy reasons, Pasquerello would not comment on whether a pre-existing medical condition may have caused the death.

Robert M. Randolph, senior associate dean for students, said cause of death is assumed to be natural causes, and there is “no reason to think otherwise.” Gerhardt’s mother, who is from Louisiana, had been living with her in the apartment since Hurricane Katrina had hit, Randolph said.

Crooks said he has contacted members of the MIT Board of Chaplains about memorial service plans.

Gerhardt, who received her SB from MIT in 2003, participated in groups including Eta Kappa Nu, the national honor society for Electrical Engineering and Computer science, Medlinks, and Pi Mu Epsilon, an honorary national mathematics society, according to her yearbook profile.