Howard Charles Ayer, 84, Brookings, died July 14, 2001, in Brookings.

He was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., Aug. 22, 1916, and lived in New England before coming to Oregon in 1991.

During World War II, he was a civilian employee for the Air Force and subsequently worked at Harvard University for 35 years as an electronic engineer.

He married Marion Payne in 1991 in Oregon.

His hobbies were many, including apiculturist, clock repair, stamp and coin collector, photography and amateur radio, in which he earned many awards.

Mr. Ayer was a member of Pelican Bay Amateur Radio Club, Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Marion Ayer of Brookings; son, Bruce C. Ayer of Medway, Mass.; daughter, Jaye Moore of Framingham, Mass.; step-daughters, Carol Olsen of Seattle; Betty Nash of Grants Pass; Susan Brock of Three Hills, Alberta; Anita Borreson of Grants Pass; and Wendy Pettinger of Harbor.

Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, cousins, an uncle and many friends in New England.

Preceding him in death was his first wife Helen Mattson.

A memorial service is planned for July 21 at 3 p.m. at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 15786 Highway 101 South. Harry Olsen of Seattle will officiate.