Edna D. Gallagher

Former longtime Carlisle resident

03a-EdnaGallagherObitEdna D. (Durkee) Gallagher, RN, 97, a former resident of the Merrimack River Valley House in Lowell as well as a former longtime resident of Lowell Street, passed away peacefully on May 21 at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell.

She was the beloved wife of the late James S. Gallagher, the former fire chief at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, who died in 1992.

Edna was born in Boston on October 17, 1914, a daughter of the late Milford and Margaret (MacInness) Durkee. She moved with her family to Woburn at an early age and graduated from St. Charles School with the Class of 1930. She pursued a nursing career, graduating in 1938.

Edna married James S. Gallagher in 1939. In 1942 they moved to Carlisle, where she was one of the founding members of St. Irene Church. She was past president of the Catholic Women’s Club, was active in the Grange and had been an officer in the Massachusetts State Grange, as well as a leader in the 4H Club.

In 1974, they moved to Orleans on Cape Cod, where they both spent many happy hours on their 20-foot Day Cruiser “Jet.” Edna and James also became involved with the Orleans Cardinals Baseball Team. They spent their winters on Harbour Island in the Bahamas.

Her survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas E. and Rita (Geoffroy) Gallagher of Lowell; two grandchildren, Katherine Lifner and her husband, Craig, of Maynard, and Kelly Currier and her companion, Jay Silva, of Westford; great-grandchildren Craig and Brett Lifner and Bryce Currier. She is also survived by her nephews.

She was also the sister of the late Veronica McElligott, Louise Curran and Mary Connolly.  ∆

Hugh R. Price

Hugh R. Price, a former resident of South Street for many years, passed away peacefully on May 22, in Chatham. He is survived by his beloved partner of 27 years, Nancy M. Hall of Orleans; daughter, Laura A. Fulton of Morris, Connecticut; and son, Alan D. Price of Phoenix, Arizona; granddaughters, Jessica Bryant and Shanna Mastroberti, both of Waterbury, Connecticut. He was married to Rena Mott Price until her death in 1983.

Hugh attended Williams College before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He received his BA from Miami University of Ohio and went on to design exhibits for the Boston Science Museum. From 1958 on, he worked as a commercial artist for several Boston publishing companies. His many watercolors and folk art pieces, reflecting his love of the sea, were shown at galleries in Boston and Cape Cod.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Broad Reach Hospice, 390 Orleans Road, North Chatham, MA 02650 or Audubon Society, Wellfleet Sanctuary, 291 State Highway, Wellfleet, MA 02667.  ∆

Eighth graders excel in science knowledge challenge

Josh Savage from JogNog (center) presents awards to students (left to right) Jessica Chin, Rahul Chopra and Cam Barth at a ceremony in the Carlisle School library on May 24. (Courtesy photo)

In April, educational video game company held a competition between middle school students called JogNog MasterMind to see who could answer the most questions on a topic correctly. The theme was “Mad Scientist Month,” and the content consisted of questions geared specifically toward material tested on the eighth-grade MCAS test. Representatives from six schools participated, including students in Concord, Lynnfield, Douglas and Carlisle. Each school was free to have as many students as it wished on each team. While each team performed well, Carlisle’s strength was overwhelming.

Led by eighth-grade science teacher Dr. Kathy Marsh, 19 students from Carlisle Middle School participated, outnumbering the participants from any other school. Carlisle’s strength was not just in sheer numbers, however. Each individual performed well, and students from Carlisle secured four of the top seven individual performance prizes, including first and second place. In total, Carlisle students answered 11,006 questions, making them the JogNog MasterMind Champions for the month and winning a trophy for the school.

In first place, Rahul Chopra correctly answered 4,444 questions, which was more than twice the number answered by the next closest school and well above any other student. Jessica Chin placed second with 3,240 correct answers. The other two Carlisle students in the top seven positions were Jacob Golson with 1,121 and Lee Bernstein with 1,108 correct answers. Cam Barth was one of the daily winners.  ∆

MASTERFUL. Ann Rosas (left) and her daughter Sarah Lancaster, both of
Westford Street, display their new diplomas. Ann earned an MS in Health
Administration from Regis College and Sarah earned her MS in Social Work
from Simmons College. (Photo by Priscilla Stevens)

• Doug Iosue, formerly of East Street, a clinical social worker at Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, New Hampshire, was recently recognized for his exemplary leadership and service by the State of New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). At the DCYF annual conference in May, Doug was recognized for his work at the jail in support of the mission of the division in its work with parents and children in care and custody in the Cheshire County area. In conjunction with the Department of Correction’s administrative team and the local DCYF office, Doug established procedures that support family service caseworkers in maintaining their professional contacts and services with incarcerated parents despite their confinement. In addition, he has helped establish policies and protocols in support of more frequent visits, as well as more personal “contact” visits between children and their incarcerated parents. It is hoped that these practices will lessen the negative impact of incarceration on family relationships, attachments between children and parents and the community in general.  ∆