Friday, May 22, 1998

Mariano, Sr.

featured speaker

on Memorial Day

submitted by Norman Fredkin,

for the celebrations committee

Tony Mariano, Sr. will be the keynote speaker at the Carlisle Memorial Day observances on May 25 at 10 a.m. in the Corey auditorium. Mariano, originally from Boston, is a war veteran, a long-time resident of Carlisle, and a member of the town water committee. Mariano's knowledge and experience as a geologist and conservationist were key factors in the town's decision to operate a transfer station in Carlisle.

Mariano served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War. He went through basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, was promoted to sergeant, and served as a fire team leader at Marine Corps facilities in Barstow, Needles and San Diego, California. While stationed in Needles, Mariano also served as a hunting and fishing guide on the Colorado River for servicemen on leave. This experience reinforced his love of the outdoors and stimulated a lifelong interest and career in the field of geology.

After discharge from the service in 1954, Mariano attended Boston University on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1959 with both a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Geology. From 1959 to 1962 he worked at Lincoln Lab, where he specialized in mineralogy and crystallography. In 1962, he accepted a position with Kennicott Copper at a new laboratory formed in Lexington to do basic research in mineralogy and crystallography. While at Kennicott Copper, in addition to his work at the lab, Mariano continued his education at Boston University, earning his Ph.D. in mineral exploration in 1967.

When basic research was terminated at the Kennicott Lab in 1972, Mariano decided to pursue a career as an independent consultant in the field of exploration geology. Since then, he has visited over 50 countries and conducted geological exploration in 37 different countries, specializing in the more remote and primitive regions of the world in Asia, South America, New Guinea and Africa. This has led to many memorable and interesting adventures, including getting caught in the midst of wars in Angola, Afghanistan, and Kashmir. Mariano maintains extensive lab facilities and an office in his home on Page Brook Road to analyze and prepare reports on his work.

Tony Mariano and his wife Claire have resided in Carlisle since 1966, where they raised their six children, three girls and three boys. All the children attended Carlisle Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional High School.

Memorial Day gives all of us an opportunity to honor those who have served our country. The celebrations committee—Barbara Culkins, Norman Fredkin, Howard Hensleigh, Judy Larson, and Douglas Stevenson—invites and encourages all Carlisle residents to participate in this traditional ceremony. Events begin at 9:30 a.m. with the traditional flag-raising in the town center. (See articles on page 20 for more details.)