The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 1, 2002


Charles M. Evans Former Carlisle's outstanding citizen

Charles M. Evans, 92, of Littleton, formerly of Carlisle, died Thursday, January 24 at Lifecare of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. He was the husband of the late Barbara B. Evans who died in 1999.
Charles Evans receiving Carlisle's outstanding citizen award in 1990.

(Photo by Lois d'Annunzio

Mr. Evans was born in West Newbury, Massachusetts, on August 23, 1909. He was the son of the late Charles M. and Josephine (Lunberg) Evans. He was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1932, and Boston University School of Management.

During World War II he served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy.

In 1954, Mr. Evans established his own consulting business, Charles M. Evans and Associates, for city and town capital planning and authored a manual for municipal budget planning.

Mr. Evans and his family moved in 1952 from Concord to Concord Street in Carlisle, where he became active in town affairs. Carlisle's representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for nine years, he served on its executive committee for six years, was elected to three terms and was on the planning board for fifteen years. He was a representative to the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School contract and building committees, and served as trustee of the Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund.

In 1990, Mr. Evans was honored as Carlisle's outstanding citizen during Old Home Day exercises on July 4 in recognition of "that citizen who has so unselfishly given of self to make our lives richer and our town a place to proudly call home."

Survivors include two sons, R. Bradford Evans and his wife Barbara of New York City, and Christopher Evans and his wife Megan of Westford; six grandchildren; one brother, John Robert Evans of Londonderry, New Hampshire and one sister, Elizabeth Sullivan of Wilmington. He was also the father of the late Sara Halstead Evans.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 26, in the Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord. Officiating was the Rev. Terry McCall of Trinity Church.

Interment was in the family burial plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Mr. Evans' six grandchildren. Arrangements were under the direction of the Joseph Dee & Son Funeral Services, Concord.

Concord's town flag was flown at half staff on Saturday in recognition of Mr. Evans' service to his country during World War II.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Concord-Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742.

· Harry Schecter, a resident of Partridge Lane for over 30 years, celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, January 13, in the Parish Hall of the First Parish in Concord.
Harry Schecter, still recovering from an auto accident, is not deterred from having a great time at his 90th birthday party. That's his wife Dorothy hamming it up in the background.
In spite of the morning snowstorm with more snow threatened later, the party went on as planned, and family and friends came from around New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. A special treat was the arrival of grandson Peter Forsyth from Portland, Oregon. Harry's oldest friend, Nautam Bhatt from India, who was a fellow graduate student in acoustics at M.I.T. in 1936, was also present. Dr. Bhatt went on to design concert halls in India, while Harry worked here primarily on acoustical problems for the U.S. Air Force.

A string trio from the New England Conservatory provided music, and other entertainment featured songs of Bulgaria performed by Pat Iverson and Harry's daughter Martha Forsyth, who is a student of Balkan music. Amusing poems were also provided by friends JoAnne Deitch and Lillian Anderson. The affair was catered by Carlisle's creative chef Dian Cuccinello, who picked up on the theme suggested by the cartoon on the invitation of Harry in Shakespearean costume.

Harry is remembered by many in town for his years as the town "sound engineer," a job created when Town Meeting became so large that a sound system was necessary for citizens to be heard. Harry provided his own microphones and wires to run around the old school gymnasium.

His avocation has been sound design for theatre, particularly background music for Concord Players productions directed by his wife Dorothy. Most recent examples were A Midsummer Night's Dream and Our Town. Currently, the Players are mounting the decennial production of Little Women, directed by Dorothy with Harry's music design.

Harry retired from the Mitre Corp. in 1977, a time when retirement at age 65 was mandatory. The cartoon depicting his combined acoustical career and avocation was presented to him at that time. However, Harry had no intention of really retiring. He went to work directly for the Air Force only a few hours later and continued working on acoustical projects until 1994 at age 82.

He plans to celebrate his 100th birthday in the same fine style as this one.


THAW-SOME. January's mild weather brings Alec Jensen-Fellows (top) and Eric Marshall to play at Diment Park in their shirtsleeves. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

A VISIT TO THE MOSQUITO. Several members of Cub Sount Pack 135 pay a visit to the Mosquito office. (left to right) Daniel Golson, Chris Burnham, and James Lamb examine a printout of page one. Boy Scout Jimmy Brnham, rear, makes a second visit to the newspaper, joining his brother and mother, Ann. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

· A flock of 11 wild turkeys is shown in the Guyers' yard on Acton Street. These turkeys have made themselves at home up and down the street. Melinda Howe sees them along the driveway early in the morning as she walks her daughters to the bus stop. Tom Guyer walks past the birds as he goes back and forth from the mailbox. Mechthild Churchill also watches the birds from her kitchen window. The question is, where were they during the Christmas Bird Count on December 30, 2001. We hear they frequent other places in town.

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