The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, January 17, 2003


Ana Victoria Forsberg

Kristin and Scott Forsberg of West Concord announce with joy the birth of Ana Victoria Forsberg on December 16 at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Ana's proud grandparents are Charlie and Joanne Forsberg of Autumn Lane and Donald and Jane Helms of Norwich, Vermont.

CARLISLE'S JIM DAVIS passed away on Sunday, January 12. See Obituary . (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

James C. Davis, Jr. Gave tirelessly to his community

James C. Davis Jr., 76, a resident of East Street, died in his home on Sunday, January 12, of cancer following a long illness. Born in New York City on September 3, 1926, he was the son of the late James C. and Mary (Ludlum) Davis.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1947 and the Thayer School in 1948 with an M.S. He taught at Piedmont College in Georgia, where he met his future wife, Mary-Wynne (Wendy) Berrong, and married in 1950.

After a year and a half teaching in the U. S. Air Force in Mississippi, they moved to Massachusetts, where he worked as an engineer and inventor at Raytheon, Spectran, Metritape, and Brooks Automation, among others, and as a consultant for T.A.0. Gross Associates. He is especially known for his invention of the wafer transport system, which is commonly known as ''the Frog."

The Davises have lived in Carlisle since 1954, during which time he served two terms as a selectman. He was a member of the conservation restriction advisory committee and was a founding member of the Carlisle Minutemen and the local fair practices committee. He was an active supporter of the civil rights movement and the current vice-president of the Carlisle Historical Society, serving once as president. For many years, he also served the town on the historical commission and as a member of the state park advisory committee. He was a valued and knowledgeable resource for the town and gave generously of his time in various capacities.

Many will remember Mr. Davis driving his 1931 Ford Model A pick-up truck, a vehicle he had purchased at the age of 16 and maintained over the years.

On November 15, 2002 the Mosquito published an interview with Jim and Wendy Davis, under the auspices of the Carlisle Oral History project. Readers responded with enthusiasm that Mr. Davis's vivid memories of Carlisle were captured. The audio tape and transcript will soon be available at the Gleason Library.

In addition to his wife, he leaves two daughters: Martha B. Davis and her significant friend, Ted Parkins of Henniker, New Hampshire and Jane B.D. Williams and her husband Joel W. Williams of Poultney, Vermont; and his son, James C. Davis III and his wife, Victoria (Garvin) of Carlisle. He was the brother of Polly Davis of Nova Scotia and is also survived by his grandchildren: Simone Nicastro, Page Gaelyn and Bryn Williams and James C. Davis IV, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend memorial services in the First Religious Society in Carlisle Center on Saturday, January 18, at 3 p.m. The Minister Emeritus Rev. Eugene Widrick, the Rev. Diane Miller, interim minister, and the Rev. Dr. Terry A. McCall, interim priest at Trinity Church in Concord, will co-officiate. A reception will follow. Interment will be private. For those who wish, gifts in his memory may be sent to the Hospice Program, Emerson Hospital, Concord, MA 01742. Arrangements are under the direction of the MacRae-Tunnicliffe Funeral Home in Concord.

Eleni Clio Marie (Dobson) Harrison.

A memorial service was held for Eleni Clio Marie (Dobson) Harrison on December 9 at Saint Irene Church in Carlisle, contrary to original reports that there would be no memorial service. The service was held by friends, her brother, Paul Dobson, and his wife, Thelma (Sue) Dobson.

Clio Harrison, wife of the late William Henry Harrison, died November 27, 2002 in the Port Healthcare Center in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She was born in Richmond, New Zealand, on April 22, 1921. She graduated from St. Brandone School in Bristol, England.

She had been a resident of Carlisle since 1980, and was previously from Harvard, Massachusetts, where her late husband was the curator of the Fruitlands Museum. She was a member of the St. Botolph Club of Boston, the Harvard University Club and the French Club.

In addition to her daughter, Anthea, she is survived by her sister, Rose Mary Hyslop, of High Wycombe, England; her brother, Paul Howard Dobson, and his wife, Thelma (Sue) Dobson of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; nephews, nieces and cousins in Athens, Greece.

Peter B. Welsh, regional director of operations for Benchmark Assisted Living, announced that Maura Ferrigno of Peter Hans Road has been promoted to executive director of the Falls at Cordingly Dam, an assisted living residence in Newton Lower Falls.

Ms. Ferrigno has over 17 years of experience of senior level management in human services, serving in both the private and public sectors.

Liane M. Malcos of East Street, an associate researcher at MIT's Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, was spotlighted in Rowing News, December 2002 issue, as half of the "Best Club Crew of the 2002 Year" "The Riverside Boat Club women's pair of Bryna McConarty and Liane Malcos would probably have preferred to have made the U. S. National Team and raced at the world championships, but they did not. That didn't dissuade the young duo from continuing to train hard throughout the summer and their tenacious attitude paid off in the end. McConarty and Malcos won three events at the Canadian Henley (St. Catherine) — senior pair, senior eight, and senior four — including an impressive 17-second runaway win in the pair. They also won the senior pair at U.S. Nationals by over 30 seconds and finished a close second to a U. S. National Team pair in the elite event."

Peter C. Lando of Brook Street, an attorney and shareholder with Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C., has been elected president of the Boston Patent Law Association.

The BPLA, with more than 800 members across New England, is an association of intellectual property professionals providing educational programs and a forum for the interchange of ideas and information concerning patent, trademark, and copyright law. It organizes and hosts educational seminars, social events and conventions, and comments on rules and legislation impacting the profession.

Lando said he will stress the organization's vision, specifically its vigorous commitment to education, service and the professional community. "Every organization needs a vision, and I plan to articulate ours clearly and emphatically," he said.

2003 The Carlisle Mosquito