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Friday, January 14, 2005


Daniel Barber Bickford Former Carlisle Selectman

Daniel Barber Bickford, 76, died Friday, January 7, 2005 at the Life Care Center of Acton after a long illness. Formerly of Carlisle and Concord, he practiced law in Boston at Ely, Bartlett, Brown and Proctor (later, Gaston, Snow, Ely, Bartlett) from 1963 until his retirement in 1988. A graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Bickford began his career serving as a lawyer in the U. S. Navy. He then worked in the US attorney's office as the Chief of the Civil Division and the First Assistant to the US Attorney in the First Circuit, serving from 1960-63. He was a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and numerous other professional organizations.

Mr. Bickford was an avid sailor. He served as a navigator on Commodore De Coursey Fales' schooner, Nina, winning 1962 Bermuda Race's Navigator's Trophy. A member of the Cruising Club of America, he was also part of the self-named Perfect Partnership, a group of seven men who designed and raced a one-ton sloop named The Hawk, and helped bring that off-shore class of racing from Europe to the United States. In later years, he spent many happy summers cruising the New England coast with his family.

Mr. Bickford was a strong believer in community involvement and was an ardent supporter of educational and environmental causes throughout his life. He served as a selectman in Carlisle for nine years during the '60s and early '70s, and on the Board of Trustees at Belmont Hill School and the Carroll School. He was on the Founding Board of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and served as its first secretary. He was an enthusiastic volunteer in Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Program from 1970 to 1987. In the early years of his retirement, he continued to work hard to find ways for less litigation and was one of the leading and most creative minds working in the Dispute Resolution field serving on the National Committee on Alternatives for Dispute Resolution for the American College of Trial Lawyers. When he retired to Vinalhaven, Maine in 1989, Mr. Bickford remained involved in town issues.

Mr. Bickford was married to his wife Julia (Holt) for seventeen years, until her death in 1975. He is survived by daughters Julia Sampson and her husband Paul of Lincolnville, Maine and Elizabeth Bickford of Newport, Rhode Island; sons Daniel Bickford, Jr. and his wife Linnell of Fryeburg, Maine and Augustus Bickford and his wife Kathleen Healy of Westford, Massachusetts; grandchildren Taylor and Emma Sampson, of Lincolnville, Maine and Christopher and Katie Bickford of Fryeburg, Maine; brothers Arthur Bickford of East Dennis, Massachusetts and John Bickford of Bangor, Maine; and brother-in-law L. Emmett Holt, III of Cohasset, Massachusetts. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, January 14, 2005 at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord at 11 a.m. Burial service will take place this summer on the Island of Vinalhaven. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Friends of the Vinalhaven Public Library Addition Fund, P.O. Box 384, Vinalhaven ME 04863.


Katherine E. Jackson
Music teacher, choir director, former resident

Katherine Ela Jackson, 75, resident of Carlisle from 1968 to 1987, died on January 3, 2005 in Pineville, North Carolina after a long illness. She was born October 14, 1929 in North Anson, Maine, the daughter of Arthur and Mildred Ela.

She graduated from The Boston University School of Music with a degree in Music Education, and later earned a Master of Music degree from that school in 1957. She had a long and versatile career in the field of music as a teacher, instrumentalist and conductor, arranger and choir director. From 1952 to 1958 she was music supervisor in the Maine school district that included her home town. Active in state music associations, she served as secretary and then president of the Maine State Music Educators from 1956 to 1958. After deciding to specialize in teaching instrumental music, she worked in the Sudbury school system from 1959 until her retirement from teaching.

After moving to Carlisle in 1968, she became a full-time mother, but found plenty of time to share her musical talents. She served as choir director at the First Religious Society for 13 years, and she enjoyed making arrangements for church and school instrumental groups. Stock market analysis became a hobby, and she put her knowledge to use by helping manage investments as a trustee of the First Religious Society.

Her other interests included golfing, woodworking, birding, computing and sewing. After moving to Weddington, North Carolina, she developed database software for use at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens. Other computer projects included producing a monthly newsletter for the neighborhood Women's Club and an annual directory of residents.

She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and a member of Alpha Phi International Fraternity.

Family members include her husband, Harland, of Pineville, North Carolina; daughter, Susan and her husband, Matthew Roch of Chelmsford; two grandchildren Thomas and Sarah; and two brothers Walter, of Bluffton, South Carolina, and David, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Interment was at Forest Lawn East Cemetery, Weddington, North Carolina. A memorial service is planned in Carlisle for a future date.

The family suggests memorials may be made to either the Alzheimer's Association or to Hospice at Charlotte, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte NC 28204.

Eric Sproul
2004 CCHS graduate

CCHS Principal Arthur Dulong writes:

I have received information that Eric Sproul of Monument Street in Concord, one of our 2004 graduates, has passed away. Eric was a fine student, an excellent athlete [member of the CCHS wrestling team] and an exceptional young man. He was admired and respected by those who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eric's family and friends.

THE WARM COATS DRIVE. Scouts who brought coats to Rosie's Place on December 14 are (left to right) Kayla Randazzo, Sara Keeler, Emily Ramnarine, Ali Forelli, Catie Ramnarine, Grete Langrind, Charlotte Clarke and Campbell Hart. (Courtesy photo)


Private school students named to the fall-term honor roll

Robert Walker Dolins was named to the high honor roll at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham.

Lauren Pastor earned high honors for quarter 1 at the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill.

Sarah Guo was named to the honor roll for the fall term at Phillips Academy in Andover.

• Five Carlisle students earned academic honors at Lawrence Academy for the fall trimester. High honors were awarded to senior Xanna D'Agostino and sophomore Priyanka Singhal. Honors went to senior Todd Baldwin, sophomore Emily Arnow and ninth-grader Devon Dray.

• The Fenn School of Concord announces its honor roll for the first term.

Academic high honors: Clark S. Bakewell, Matthew G. Carroll, Samuel R. Petrie, Oliver Stephenson, R. Elliott Stephenson, Theodore P. Swift, David Yanofsky

Academic honors: Nicholas J. Foley, David A. Golonka, Bradford R. Mattison, Alexander Moskowitz, Jake Oh.

Sua Sponte Honors: William Golonka

Jack Nichols was awarded Honors at Vermont Academy's Academic Awards ceremony.

Colleges announce honors

Kathleen Briscoe of East Street was named to the dean's list for the fall term at Becker College in Worcester.

Elizabeth Calder of Wolf Rock Road, a freshman at Colgate University, has been inducted into the Colgate chapter of the national scholastic honorary society of Phi Eta Sigma, which recognizes the outstanding achievement of first-year students.

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