The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 2, 2004


Margaret McCord Author of a memoir of South Africa

Margaret McCord (also known as Peg Nixon) died peacefully in her sleep very early in the morning of Monday, March 29.

Margaret, aged 87, had lived a full and rich life. She was born in Durban, South Africa, to American missionary parents. She came over to the U.S. for college when she was 17. She lived most of her adult life in Los Angeles, California, and then came to spend her last days in Carlisle with her daughter Muggsie Rocco and family on East Meadow Lane.

When she was growing up she had a close relationship with an African woman, Katie, who was the interpreter and first nurse for Margaret's father, James McCord, a missionary doctor who started a hospital in South Africa. It had been Margaret's dream for 40 years to write and publish Katie's story. She fulfilled this dream in 1995 when she published The Calling of Katie Makanya, A Memoir of South Africa.

Margaret was a much-loved member of the Carlisle community. When her book was first published, she spoke at the library and there was a long article about her in the Carlisle Mosquito. She spent many long visits here in Carlisle, where she spoke to several different book clubs. She was well-known and a part of the community of the First Religious Society where she spoke in late January. She also was well known at the Carlisle Public School, where she had spoken to her grandchildren's classes over the years. This past January, the sixth-grade class was doing a cultural study of several books, including an abridged version of The Calling of Katie Makanya. Margaret came and spoke to each of the sixth-grade language arts classes. She regaled them with stories about Katie and her own life, including how she had shot a leopard when she was 17.

Margaret was much loved by her family which includes Muggsie and Greg Rocco of Carlisle, and John and Helen Nixon of Peoria, Illinois. She also leaves four beloved grandchildren, Gabriel and Melanie Rocco and AJ and Debbie Nixon.

There will be a celebration of Margaret's life on Saturday, April 3, at 12:30 p.m. at The First Religious Society in Carlisle.

Our sympathy to

Jo Anne Weisman and her husband Kenneth Deitch of Laurelwood Drive on the death of Jo Anne's father, Daniel Smith, 90, on March 23 at the Life Care Center of Acton.

• Carlisle resident Tedford Armistead of North Road portrays Captain E. J. Smith in the Arlington Friends of the Drama's production of Titanic, The Musical scheduled for launching on April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, at 8 p.m. and April 4, 17, 18, at 2 p.m., at the AFD Theater, 22 Academy Street in Arlington Center.

In the past he has been cast as the Rev. Paris in The Crucible, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and more recently as John Adams in 1776 at Theater III in Acton.

Armistead and his family have been Carlisle residents for the last 3 1/2 years, having returned from Chicago where they had lived for seven years. His first local appearance on stage was in Kiss Me Kate with the Savoyard Light Opera Company in Carlisle. He currently holds the position of treasurer on the Board of Directors. In February he will celebrate his 24th year with the consulting firm of Keane, Inc, where he is Chief Information Officer.

For tickets to Titanic, the Musical, call 1-781-646-5922 or visit the website at

Run for the Runners — race results

The first annual Concord-Carlisle Cross Country Run for the Runners was held last Sunday, March 28. The 2.7 mile course wound through two softball games on the CCHS fields, up and down the "numbers hill" twice, and into the woods by the tennis courts. Many Carlisle runners distinguished themselves. CCHS sophomore Cassi Knight was 1st female overall and 1st female 14-18, Tony Mariano was 1st male 40-49, Carlisle eighth-grader Aaron Freedman was 1st male 11-13, and Debbie Power was 1st female 40-49. There were several team entry winners as well. Matt and Ben Phillippo, 1st male sibling team, Olivia Cooney and Debbie Power, 1st female parent/child team, and Joe Carpenito was part of the winning four-person team.

This successful fundraising event was organized by the Friends of Concord-Carlisle Cross-Country and proceeds will be used for computerized finish line equipment needed by the CCHS Cross-Country and Track teams. The second annual race will be held this fall.

Attention: Carlisle runners of all speeds and levels

Do you have a favorite running route in Carlisle, of anywhere from 3 to 10 miles? If so, we'd like to hear from you for an upcoming article. Input from runners of all abilities welcome! Contact Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515 or

CCHS men's fencing

Thomas Abend (Photo by John Kennard)

The CCHS men's fencing team had an excellent season with little to regret. Captain Ian MacEachern and CCHS alumni coach David Blake, led the team to a near perfect 12-1 record. Senior Ryan Morris and Carlisle sophomores Thomas Abend and Keith Lewis led the saber squad to a great season, with Carlisle sophomores Kenny Hwu and Nick Lunig providing excellent support with their upbeat attitudes. Seniors Ian MacEachern, Matt Woodward and Jason Levitt led the epee squad, with help from Carlisle sophomore Nate Johnson. The foil team, headed by senior Dan Tovrov and junior Jason Pan, also had a very succesful season with help from Carlisle Senior Chris Wester. Sophomore Michael Luby, who served as team armorer, kept the complex electrical equipment in working order. At state championships the team cleaned up, winning the best men's team, best saber team, best epee team, best individual epee fencer (Ian MacEachern), and best individual saber fencer (senior Ryan Morris). Lewis took 7th and Abend took the Silver in the individual saber. This makes the fencing team State Champions for the second year in a row, an award which has only existed for two years.

The team also did very well at several other large out-of-state competitions. At the Mamaroneck Invitational, MacEachern and Tovrov both took home gold medals and Abend picked up a silver. CCHS qualified five men for the Junior Olympics in Cleveland, Ohio. Tovrov finished 121st in the junior foil, Pan 113th in the cadet foil, MacEachern 12th in the junior epee. Keith Lewis held his own at his first-ever national-level event, placing 83rd in cadet saber, and Thomas Abend finished 30th in the cadets moving him to 20th on the national points standings for cadets and 48th on the Juniors.

• NCAA Fencing Championships were held at Brandeis University in Waltham March 26 to 29. Henry Kennard, School Street, placed 6th and was named All American. His team, St. John's University, placed 4th overall.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito