The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 16, 2005


Dr. James E. Van Amburg

Former Superintendent of schools in Carlisle

James. E. Van Amburg, a leading educator in independent schools, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2005. He was 59 years old. The cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage, reported his wife, Penelope Van Amburg.

Dr. Van Amburg was the Head of Windward School in White Plains, New York since 1999. Windward is a school for students with language-based learning disabilities.

Van Amburg was educated at Dartmouth College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with honors and was a Choate Scholar. He attended Columbia University earning a Master of Arts Degree in Comparative Literature and was recognized as a University Fellow. His Doctorate in Education was received from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

"Dr. VA," as he was widely known, touched the lives of countless children in his career. From 1984 to 1998, Dr. Van Amburg was the Head of Dwight Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey. Prior to that he was Director of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, Illinois. From 1974 to 1979 he was Superintendent of Schools for the Carlisle School District in Massachusetts. He served as President of the Concord Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative. This position ignited an undying dedication to serve children with special needs.

Jim Van Amburg was a man of unsurpassed integrity with a vibrant personality filled with life and love for his family, friends and colleagues. His devotion for his dear wife Penelope, his son Noah, daughter-in-law Kim, and his son Nicholas and fiancee Cornelia Henning, knew no bounds. He was a loving husband, farther, son and brother.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Windward School, 5 Windward Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605 (1-914-949-6968, ext. 2281) or to the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (1-202-628-4160).

A memorial service was held at Windward School on Sunday, September 11.

Fell named news editor of the Carlisle Mosquito

Betsy Fell (photo by Rik Pierce)
This week Betsy Fell is taking over the job of news editor at the Mosquito. She is replacing Maya Liteplo who is stepping down after five years at the helm of the paper.

Fell has most recently held the position of assistant editor at the paper, but has also served as a reporter, technology expert and done most aspects of production over the many years she has worked at the paper. She says she is excited about her new role at the paper.

Fell and her husband Dan Scholten moved to Carlisle in 1983 and have three children. In the past, Fell has worked as a software developer, primarily in operating systems and computer-aided design.

Liteplo is planning to continue her association with the paper as consultant and reporter.

Schedule your visit to the garden today

Carlisle residents may view the Viselaya Sculpture Exhibit at 779 West Street on weekends from 10-4 p.m. until October 7 by sending an e-mail to You must register to be on the guest list. The bronze work depicted here, "Reflection" by Rodd Ambroson, received an Honorable Mention for Beauty in this year's sculpture competition. Read an article about the Carlisle exhibit and view more of the winning works in next week's edition of the "Mosquito."

• A select group of America's teachers are being honored by their toughest critics—their former students—in the ninth edition of Who's Who Among American's Teachers.

Martha Svatek of Cross Street has been nominated by a former student as one who has shaped and inspired the student's current achievements.

Students were requested to nominate the one teacher from their entire academic experience who made a difference in their lives by helping to shape their values, inspire interest in a particular subject and challenge them to strive for excellence. Students also mentioned enthusiasm about their subject and the knowledge their nominated teachers demonstrated in the classroom.

Svatek started teaching in the Alcott School in Concord 41 years ago. Currently she teaches science at Nashoba Brooks School where she looks forward to the new school year.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito