The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 31, 2003

William "Bill" Megowen

William "Bill" Megowen, age 73, of South Dartmouth and formerly of Carlisle, died Wednesday, October 22, 2003 at his home. He was the husband of Margaret "Peg" (Myers) Megowen to whom he had been married for 51 years.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Robert L. Megowen and the late Myrtle (Shane) Megowen, he had been a resident of South Dartmouth for several years. Megowen attended Williams College, Northwestern University and later in life graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, class of 1992, with a degree in psychology. He was president of Megowen-Educator and vice president of Salerno-Megowen, biscuit manufacturers in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Chicago, Illinois, respectively. He later worked as an inventor, developing products for the food and beverage industries, and held numerous patents. He also worked as a consultant and expert witness for carbonated beverage packaging.

As a member of the Manchester Yacht Club and Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, he successfully raced his US One Design sloop "Wind" until 1960 and also cruised extensively in New England waters. Before moving to South Dartmouth, he was a longtime resident of Carlisle, where he taught 4H model-building classes for many years.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two daughters: Dr. Gretchen Megowen and her husband Michael Jung of Dallas, Texas, and Ann Stevens and her husband John of Ann Arbor, Michigan; two sons: William "Jacob" Megowen and his wife Alicia of Concord, Massachusetts, and Robert Megowen and his wife Paula of Houghton, Michigan; one sister, Nancy Megowen Shane of Wenham, Massachusetts; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

His burial was private with a memorial service planned for a later date. Arrangements are in the care of the Dartmouth Funeral Home of Waring-Sullivan, 230 Russells Mills Road, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Maris Platais of Bedford Road will be among the artists represented at the Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery's 20th Anniversary Landscape, Seascape, Still Life Show. This special month-long event will take place from October 16 through November 15 at the gallery located at 56 Adams Street in Lexington.

A successful local landscape painter, Platais is also adept at painting marine subjects, majestic tall ships and ocean-going schooners.

Kathleen McDonough of Maple Street, will exhibit new oil paintings in a show called "The Colors of Light II," from November 4 through 29 at Artana in Framingham. The above image, "Facing West," a 30 x 40 oil, will be among the 31 paintings on display.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 7, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Artana is located at 3 Elm Street in Framingham. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or by appointment. Call Artana at 1-508-788-5225, or visit, for further information.

Where in Carlisle? Carlisle's only stoplight

Photo by Midge Eliassen

Who says Carlisle has no stoplights? There is one traffic light in townnot at any of our busy intersections (which luckily, are not quite busy enough to warrant them), but as a unique decoration at a local home. Have you seen Carlisle's stoplight? Who are the residents who own it? And (extra credit) where did they get it?

Write and tell us via e-mail at, or fax us at 1-978-369-3569, or send by regular mail to P.O. Box 616, Carlisle, MA 01741.

We'll print your comments and the answers to all the above questions in an upcoming issue of the Mosquito.


SING-A-LONG. Marguerite Shaw, choir director at the First Religious Society, teaches a Girl Scout song, complete with piano accompaniment, to members of Carlisle Brownie Troop 2650B. Left to right around Shaw are Melissa Melanson, Myfy Jensen-Fellows, Kelly Faber, Cynthia Chen, Chely Badell-Watson, Zoe Blacquier and Sarah Spots. In back is troop leader Chela Badell-Watson. (Courtesy photo)


2003 The Carlisle Mosquito