The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 14, 2002


William G. Pestalozzi

William G. Pestalozzi, 45, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Chandler, Arizona, vice president and COO of Sarcon Construction Corporation of Santa Fe, died Monday, June 3, at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, Arizona.

Mr. Pestalozzi died of a brain tumor which was diagnosed a year ago.

Born in Boulder, Colorado, long-time resident of Carlisle, Massachusetts, and member of the Bicentennial class of 1975 at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School where he was a letterman in lacrosse, the 1979 Cornell University graduate was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

Field engineer and assistant superintendent for Turner Construction Company on such projects as 10 Penn Center in Philadelphia, National Steel Center in Pittsburgh, 85 Broad Street in New York City and Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, New Jersey, his career continued for ten years as project manager and chief estimator with Agate Construction Company in Cape May County, New Jersey, before he formed the Carlisle Corporation.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Pestalozzi enjoyed golf, skiing and hiking when he wasn't managing teams in junior baseball and soccer. A lifetime fan of the Boston Red Sox, he was also an accomplished woodworker and furniture maker.

Son of William G. Pestalozzi of Zurich, Switzerland, and Sally Ross Pestalozzi of Chandler, Arizona, Mr. Pestalozzi leaves his beloved wife, Deborah Lynn Horner Pestalozzi, two sons, William Ross and Daniel Louis, a daughter, Julia Christine, all of Santa Fe and Chandler, brothers Peter Ross of Chandler and Warren Scott of Gilbert, Arizona, and several nieces and nephews.

Grandson of the late noted Boston architect, Louis Warren Ross, Mr. Pestalozzi is a twelfth generation direct descendant of the second secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Edward Rawson, as well as famed Swiss educator, Johan Heinrich Pestalozzi.

Services will be private. Contributions may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445.


Sophia Elisabeth Nigrovic and Benjamin Harper Nigrovic

Kay and Murray Edelberg of Berry Corner Road joyfully announce the birth of their twin grandchildren, Sophia Elisabeth and Benjamin Harper, on May 29, 2002 at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Ben and Sophie will live in Brookline with their proud parents Peter and Lise (Edelberg) Nigrovic.


Ethan Baxter weds Leanne Gauthier

Leanne Christine Gauthier and Ethan Finley Baxter were married on July 28, 2001. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Beverly Gauthier of Concord. The groom is the son of Ward and Susan Baxter of Carlisle.

The maid of honor was Cara O'Flynn (CCHS '91) of New York. Other bridesmaids were Anne Rood (CCHS '91) of New Jersey, Ching-Yune Sylvester of Michigan, Wendy Lin of California, and Erika Liem of Washington, D.C. The best man was the groom's brother Ryan Baxter (CCHS '93) of Pennsylvania. Other groomsmen were the bride's brother Christopher Gauthier (CCHS '94) of Massachusetts, Eugene Sonn (CCHS '91) of Pennsylvania, David Brubacher of Washington, and Jesse Davidson of California. The wedding was held at First Church Unitarian in Littleton. After the ceremony, a reception followed at the Fruitlands Museums in Harvard.

Leanne and Ethan are both 1991 CCHS graduates. Leanne graduated with a B.A. from Brown University and from the Anderson School at UCLA with an MBA. She is employed as an associate product manager at Mattel, Inc.

Ethan graduated from Yale with a B.S. in geology and from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Ph.D. in geology. He is a geochemist at the California Institute of Technology.

Leanne and Ethan reside in Los Angeles.

Not just a normal day in Rwanda

Recently Peter Greer and his wife Laurel took a break from their jobs in Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas. Laurel wrote her in-laws, Keith and Bonnie Greer, the following: "After hiking through serious mud for a few hours, we reached the Suza group of 39 gorillas. We watched, took pictures, laughed...until we came to one of the four silverbacks. We were watching as he lay on his back (we were about five feet away from him). All of a sudden, he stood up, and before anyone could react, he grabbed Peter by his jacket...and dragged him several feet. Peter had no idea what was going on, so he did the best thing he could think of and played dead. The armed guards that were with us quickly reacted and pulled Peter back, as they made sounds to calm the gorilla. We were all quite shaken up (all of us, including a French couple who were with us taking pictures for a book they are writing on primates). What a memory!"

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito