Friday, August 31, 2001
Friends and Neighbors
· Amanda Beavers, formerly of Woodbine Road, received her Master of Science in Computer Information Systems on May 19, 2001, from Bentley College, McCallum Graduate School of Business, Waltham, Massachusetts. Ms. Beavers, who has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Simmons College, is currently employed by PenFact Corporation in Boston as Senior Support Specialist.
· Susan Goehring of Woodridge Road was featured on Fox 25 News on August 6. The news spot, filmed in Boston and Carlisle, focused on the issues and needs of freshmen preparing for the transition to college life. Susan will be a freshman at Middlebury College this fall.
Libby Larson weds Michael Nischan
On April 28, 2001, Libby Larson, daughter of Judy Larson of Forest Park Drive, and Michael Nischan were married at the First Parish Church of Lincoln, followed by a reception at The Pierce House. Libby and Michael, shown above, share a special moment with Libby's maternal grandmother, Eleanor R. Reycroft, age 106, of Lexington.
Isaac Leo Blanchette
Leo and Pam Blanchette of Rutland Street are excited to announce the birth of their grandson Isaac Leo Blanchette, born to Jim and Heather Blanchette of Chelmsford. He was born on August 12 at the Lowell General Hospital.
Isaac's maternal grandparents are Steven and Susan Smith of North Yarmouth, Maine. He has three great-grandmothers. They are Angela Blanchette of Concord, Barbara Trainor of Naples, Florida and Ruth Smith of Falmouth, Maine. Isaac also has a great-great-grandmother, Dora Trainor of Acton.
J. Richard Wright
A mathematician and computer specialist
J. Richard "Dick" Wright of Boothbay Harbor and Peter Hans Road, died at Midcoast Hospital in Brunswick, Maine on Thursday, August 16. He was born in Syracuse, New York, April 15, 1920, the son of William and Gladys (Mapes) Wright. He grew up in Ithaca, New York.
His college education at Cornell University was interrupted by World War II. As a geology major he successfully prospected for oil in Michigan to aid the war effort.
Dick married Constance Reed of Boothbay Harbor on July 24, 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and, in 1944, was sent to Europe where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was part of a unit that liberated death camps from the Nazis.
After the war he finished college, graduating from Cornell with the class of 1947.
He and Connie built Sea Winds Coffee Shop in West Boothbay Harbor and ran it for two seasons. During the winters he had various jobs, including setting up bookkeeping for several businesses, and teaching school at Fort Kent, Maine.
In 1956, he was hired by Electric Boat Co., submarine builders, in Groton, Connecticut, as a mathematician and to work on some of the early computers used in building nuclear submarines. He remained in the mathematics and computer fields for the rest of his career. The most challenging and interesting assignment was with the group which set up the computer system at mission control in Houston for the space program.
The family moved to Carlisle in 1966, and Dick went to work as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force at Hanscom Field in Bedford. He then became a chief civilian negotiator for computer acquisition for the U.S. Air Force. He retired from this position in 1982.
During retirement, he and Connie traveled extensively, including a trip to the Far East, and trips to Greece and Europe. He enjoyed the time he spent with his family; he was an avid bowler and, until his retirement, played softball with the team from work, often filling in with a son or two when the team was not large enough. He took particular enjoyment in his membership in the Carlisle Colonial Minutemen until a lame knee did not enable him to march.
Dick is survived by four sons: Stephen of Austin, Texas; David of Lowell, Chandler of Locke Mills and Boothbay Harbor, and Kenneth of Walpole, New Hampshire; eight grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and one sister, Mary Gundry of North Carolina.
A memorial service will be announced. Donations in his memory may be made to the EMTs of Boothbay, Maine specifying the Defibrillator Fund, Boothbay, Maine 04537, Attn. Karen Hunter (mention Dick Wright), or the Salvation Army, or a charity of one's choice.
· The sixtieth reunion of the Highland School classes of 1941 and 1942 was held at the Sleeper Room on July 18. Seated are William Seaburg '41 and Rose Gouvaia McKinnon '42. In the back are Kenneth Pedersen '42, Charlotte Russell Chellis '42, Jane Dutton '42, Evangeline Passas Parker '41, Paul Swanson '41, Robert Gendreau '41 and Rose Brothen Chisholm '41.
Classmates came from as far away as California and as close as Concord, Massachusetts. Greetings were received from their former first-grade teacher, Esther Wilson. A potluck meal concluded the festivities.
Our sympathy to . . .
Mark Cragan and his family of Rutland Street, on the death of Mark's father, Stephen E. "Buster" Cragan, 85, of Holden, Massachusetts on August 19.
Norman and Sarsha Adrian of Maple Street on the sudden death of Norm's sister Claire Marie (Adrian) Roeder, 67, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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