The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, June 24, 2005

Obituary

(Photo by Midge Eliassen)

Elizabeth Holcombe Milliken
A woman who gave her all to family and community

Elizabeth (Lee) Holcombe Milliken of Estabrook Road, a longtime Carlisle resident, died Sunday, June 19, after a long struggle with breast cancer. She was 66. Mrs. Milliken was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in North Andover and Milton. She graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon and later Colby College with a degree in Philosophy, and received her master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. Family, volunteerism, and outdoor activities were important to her throughout her life.

She served people in their times of need, and in all her associations brought a warm smile and selfless commitment to others. Prior to getting married in 1964, she practiced occupational therapy at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. While raising her three children she acted as a counselor to individuals and families in Emerson Hospital's After Care program and served on the board of the Belknap House in Concord, an elderly living facility.

Later, Milliken was the first Carlisle Council on Aging (COA) outreach coordinator, where she manned the COA hotline, managed cases, and supervised volunteers. She helped lead successful efforts to obtain a COA van to ferry seniors to shops and doctors' appointments and lobbied for office space in the Carlisle Town Hall. After her retirement in 1995, she remained an active advocate for Carlisle's elderly as president of the Friends of the Council on Aging, which raises funds for seniors' activities, and as a member of the board of the Cooperative Elder Services, which provides care for the elderly. Upon Milliken's retirement, former COA Coordinator and board member Cynthia Seavey had this to say about her: "To me, Milliken has combined caring and consistency. She provided information with an infectious giggle; she has eased the pain of the town, its seniors, the COA, and myself. She's been right there with level-headed solutions."

Milliken always committed fully to the tasks she took on, whether volunteer or family, many times combining those interests. She taught skiing at Nashoba Ski Area, and acted as Cub Scout and 4-H leaders for her children. She served on the boards of the Carlisle Youth Commission, Red Balloon pre-school, Carlisle School Association, and Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Milliken also volunteered for over 20 years at the Carlisle Mosquito, reporting on the Conservation Commission, School Building Committee, and School Committee. She also helped with layout, as well as serving as the chairman of the board of CCI, which oversees the Carlisle Mosquito.

Milliken's lifetime passions included extensive travel and she enjoyed a range of outdoor activities, including tennis, hiking and skiing. Her love of tennis and her commitment to community led her to organize the Falmouth Hospital Benefit Tennis Tournament for 25 years in Pocasset and Cataumet, Massachusetts. Milliken also loved to sing and participated in a number of choral groups including the Concord Chorus, Concord Madrigals and, during the Christmas season, she was a member of the Carlisle First Religious Society choir.

Milliken was a mentor to many, especially to young women within her extended family and circle of friends, who appreciated her ability to listen and provide advice without judgment. She lived her life in the spirit of the saying, "Think Globally, Act Locally."

She leaves her husband of 41 years, Arthur Milliken of Carlisle; two sons, Aldy of Stockholm, Sweden; and Peter of Norwich, Vermont; a daughter, Sally of Byfield, Massachusetts; and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on July 15 at 11 a.m. at the First Parish Church in Concord. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Emerson Hospital Bethke Cancer Center.

Our sympathy to ...

the Spence Family of Carroll Drive on the death of Warren's father who died on Father's Day at Emerson Hospital.


APOLLO 13 COMMEMORATION. The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, announced that it raised more than $1,880,000 to support the museum's youth education programs at the Wings of Heroes Gala on June 11. The black-tie event commemorated the 35th anniversary of one of the most dramatic stories in the history of space exploration — the near-tragic but ultimately triumphant flight of Apollo 13.

Special honorees at the gala included all three of the Apollo 13 astronauts still living — James Lovell, Fred Haise and T.K. Mattingly; and key members of the Apollo 13 mission control team. David Reed of Page Brook Road has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the mission as a flight dynamics officer and appeared in the book Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell, who is shown here (center) with Dave and Florence Reed at the reunion.

Carlisle's college graduates

Heather Eliassen, formerly of Virginia Farme Lane, received a Doctor of Science degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Her thesis topic was "Life Style Factors and Risk of Breast Cancer." Heather actually completed her doctorate in November, and has been doing a post doc appointment at HSPH since then, doing further research on breast cancer and teaching.

Julian D. Felch of Stearns Street graduated summa cum laude from Bates College with a bachelor of arts degree in Economics and a secondary concentration in Japanese and was elected to the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. A four-year dean's list student, recipient of an award for first-year students who have done the best work in a foreign language, Felch was named a 2002 Dana Scholar, awarded for leadership and academics.

Thomas Gallagher of Concord Street received a bachelor of science degree in Management from Providence College.

Andrew Kelleher of Davis Road graduated from Franklin Pierce College with a bachelor of science degree in financial management.

Terrence King of Nowell Farme Road graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Business Administration.

Kerry Landers of Bedford Road received her Ph.D in Education from the University of Vermont on May 20. She is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs at Dartmouth.

Kevin Liu of Hickory Lane graduated from Franklin Pierce College with a bachelor of arts degree in English.

Dorothy E. Najda of Rutland Street graduated cum laude from Colby College with a bachelor of arts degree.

Kelly Robbins of Maple Street received her bachelor of science degree from Lesley University on May 23. She is working at the Northeast Elementary School in Waltham.

Robert Endicott Smith-Petersen of Suffolk Lane graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a bachelor of science degree.

Sarah Zezima of Bedford Road graduated from University of Vermont with a degree in Animal Science.

Joshua David Rovin, MD, formerly of Tophet Road, has completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center, in Charlottesville, VA. He will be joining Cardiac Surgical Associates, a cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgical practice, with offices and hospital affiliations in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Florida area. He is a 1988 graduate of CCHS. Joshua, his wife, Peggy, a pediatric cardiologist, and their two children, Olivia and Asher, are moving to St. Petersburg in July.

Susan Hallenborg Ventura of Concord Street has completed degree requirements for a PhD in the Program in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University. The outcome of her dissertation research was the development of a theoretical model to guide the promotion, support or improvement of spiritually sensitive care in in hospital settings. Dr. Ventura will receive her degree at Northeastern University's fall commencement ceremonies on September 1, 2005. She will continue in her present faculty position at Northeastern University, where she teaches physical therapy and health sciences interdisciplinary courses to help students appreciate the value of the psychosocial-spiritual aspects of health care.


James Murrough, shown above, son of Susan Stamps of Cross Street, received a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22. A 1996 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School, he received a B.S in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University in 2000. Before starting medical school, Murrough worked for a year at Cornell University's Weill Medical Center in New York City as an NIH-funded fellow doing brain research using functional neuro-imaging. In July, Murrough will begin a four-year residency in psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Joshua David Rovin, MD, formerly of Tophet Road, has completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center, in Charlottesville, Va. He will be joining Cardiac Surgical Associates, a cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgical practice, with offices and hospital affiliations in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Florida area. He is a 1988 graduate of CCHS. Joshua, his wife Peggy, a pediatric cardiologist, and their two children, Olivia and Asher, are moving to St. Petersburg in July.

Susan Hallenborg Ventura of Concord Street has completed degree requirements for a Ph.D. in the Program in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University. The outcome of her dissertation research was the development of a theoretical model to guide the promotion, support or improvement of spiritually sensitive care in hospital settings. Dr. Ventura will receive her degree at Northeastern University's fall commencement ceremonies on September 1, 2005. She will continue in her present faculty position at Northeastern University, where she teaches Physical Therapy and Health Sciences interdisciplinary courses to help students appreciate the value of the psychosocial-spiritual aspects of health care.

David Carter of Brook Street graduated from Wheaton College on May 21 with a bachelor of art degree in Economics.

Weston Frederika Perry, formerly of Sunset Road, received a bachelor's degree, with honors, from Harvard University on June 9. Perry, who majored in Chinese Studies, is currently studying at Fudan University in Shanghai. She plans to live and work in both China and the U.S.

Susan Goehring of Woodridge Road received a bachelor of arts degree in History of Art and Architecture from Middlebury College. Susan is presently attending the Tuck Business Bridge Program at Dartmouth.

• The following Carlisle students graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell on June 20: Tracy Luther of South Street, bachelor of arts; Aaron Buzawa of Elizabeth Ridge, bachelor of science; Daniel Pfeifer of Page Brook Road, bachelor of arts; Vasilios Hantzis of Litchfield Drive, bachelor of science in Business Administration; and Amanda Siedlar of Lowell Street, bachelor of science.

Michelle J. Daly of Concord, formerly of Carlisle, was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology from Boston College. Michelle, a graduate of the 2001 class of CCHS, had received an athletic scholarship to Boston College as a softball pitcher. Reebok has chosen a photo of Michelle, pitching in her Eagles uniform, as part of their softball cleat promotional program for the 2006 season. She plans to continue her education in sports psychology.

Michael J. Daly of Concord, formerly of Carlisle, has graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received a bachelor of science degree in Biology. Michael is a graduate of CCHS, class of 1999. He plans to pursue a career in the biotechnology field in the Boston/Cambridge area.

• Emerson Hospital's annual volunteer recognition luncheon paid tribute to the more than 550 student and adult volunteers who last year contributed over 82,000 hours of service. Among those honored was Jim Miller of Sunset Road with 3,000 hours of service in the Emergency Room. He was honored by C. Gregory Martin, MD, Interim President and CEO and Jack Dresser, VP of Development.

• Milldames, a community service and social organization, announces its scholarship winners, Rebecca Peters and Eric Smith. Both recipients are 2005 graduates of Concord-Carlisle High School. Each will receive a $1,200 tuition scholarship.

Peters, of Carlton Road, will attend Mt. Ida College, where she will major in business. While attending CCHS, she won a mathematics award and volunteered at Friends for Tomorrow, an organization that teaches handicapped children to ride horses.

Smith, who is from Concord, will attend Graceland University in Iowa, to pursue his interest in business.

Alexandra D'Agostino of North Road, a member of the Cum Laude Society, graduated with high honors from Lawrence Academy in Groton on Friday, June 3. A recipient of the Class of 1965 prize awarded for excellence in music, she will be attending Vassar College in the fall.

Lauren Means of East Meadow Lane, an eighth grader at the Carlisle School, has just returned from Carnegie Hall in New York, where she was awarded one of the 2005 Scholastic Writing Awards. Means was one of 400 students nationwide who were honored last Thursday for their achievement as talented student writers.


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