The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 9, 2001


Kent Richard Johnson A man of many interests

Kent Richard Johnson of Stearns Street died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 16, in Belize, Central America. He was to have joined an expedition sponsored by The Planetary Society to study a meteor crater in the Yucatan. He was 72 years old.

Mr. Johnson, an electrical engineer, had worked at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory and then at MITRE Corporation until his retirement in 1989. Later in his career, he enrolled in the Suffolk Law School night program in Boston where he received a law degree in 1984.

Mr. Johnson was born in Evanston, Illinois, but as a young child moved with his parents to Nashville, Tennessee. During his early years he became fascinated with flying and would take the bus to a nearby airfield where, befriended by a local pilot, he learned to fly before he was 12. For many years Mr. Johnson owned a plane which he kept at Hanscom Field and used on a regular basis.

Mr. Johnson was a 1950 graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, earning a Bachelor's Degree in electrical engineering. He then went on to earn a Master's Degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh and a Ph.D.from Northwestern University in 1954. Ten years later he spent a year at Cambridge University, England, as a research student in physics.

Aside from his years as an engineer, Mr. Johnson pursued a wide variety of interests. He was an avid reader; he attended classical music concerts in Cambridge and Boston, and was involved in many of the activities of the Lutheran Church of the Savior in Bedford.

In recent years, Mr. Johnson was a volunteer for Project Literacy in Watertown, helping recent immigrants acquire competency in speaking English as their second language. Project Literacy tutors complete a special course of instruction for one-on-one or group teaching. Mr. Johnson was especially helpful in teaching Russian émigrés to speak the language and learn the American way of life. In October of last year, he was responsible for bringing a Russian guitarist, who had lost his eyesight, to Carlisle to perform at the Gleason Public Library.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his stepmother, Mrs. William (Ann) Johnson of Franklin, Tennessee, and many cousins in Tennessee, Nebraska and Colorado. He will be missed by his many friends in and around the Boston area.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Savior at 426 Davis Road, off of Route 62 in Bedford. Burial will be at the Green Cemetery in Carlisle.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Johnson's name to Friends of Project Literacy, c/o Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472.


Christopher Kerrigan Ratcliffe

Kim and Tom Ratcliffe of Concord Street announce the birth of Christopher Kerrigan Ratcliffe on January 25 at Emerson Hospital. Christopher joins Megan, 5, and Thomas, 3. Grandparents are Edith and J. Richard Ratcliffe of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Barbara and Clark Ginder of Milford, formerly of Bedford.

Cooper Couch Meyer

Polly and Christian Meyer of Russell Street announce the birth of their second son, Cooper Meyer. Cooper was born on January 16 at Emerson Hospital. Proud grandparents are Kathy and Fritz Hill of Monarch Beach, California, James and Anna Kennedy of San Raphael, California and Prill and Jan Meyer of Riverside, Connecticut.

· Sarah Siedlar, of Lowell Street, a sophomore Business Communication major at Bentley College was named to the Dean's List for the fall semester.

· Christopher Buck of West Street has been named to the Dean's List at Northeastern University for the fall semester.

· Molly DeGuglielmo, grade five, of Estabrook Road and Nate Johnson, grade seven, of Blaisdell Drive, have been accepted to the Organization of American Kodaly Educators (OAKE) Choirs. These two singers were selected from over 450 auditioners to participate in the March concert in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Both Nate and Molly were members of the former Carlisle Children's Choir, directed by Joanne Crowell. Nate has participated in two other OAKE annual concerts, in Seattle and Columbus, Ohio. He is currently a member of the Longy School Chorus under director Judith Kotok. Molly most recently participated in Vocal Vacation at the New England Conservatory.

· Local Carlisle artist Marie-Louise (Weezie) Petrie of Baldwin Road is having a one-woman show of her paintings at the Indian Hill Arts Center in Littleton. The paintings can be viewed weekdays from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and her works will be on display until the end of March. Indian Hill Arts Center is located at 36 King Street.

· Caryl Dundorf of Tophet Road, formerly the Dean of Community Programs at Middlesex Community College, has been promoted to Dean of Professional and Instructional Development for the faculty and staff.

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito