Friday, October 14, 2005
Harry Schecter Physicist,
music lover, theater sound designer
Harry Schecter of Concord, formerly of Carlisle, died on October 5 at the Rivercrest Deaconess Long Term Care Facility in Concord, Mass. He was the husband of Dorothy (Miller/Worsham) Schecter.
Born in Philadelphia on January 13, 1912, son of Ukranian immigrants, he earned an A.B. and M.A. from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Physics with a concentration in acoustics from M.I.T. He began his career in research for the Department of Defense at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, in 1939, but returned to Massachusetts in 1947 for a position with the Air Force Cambridge Research Lab. The move was also prompted by his love for the Boston Symphony to which he subscribed for all Sunday concerts for 58 years.
Dr. Schecter's working career spanned over 55 years in government, industry, and Federal Contract Research Center, most often involving Department of Defense electronic systems acquisitions. Improving air-to-air pilot communications was always a primary concern. He held management positions at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory, the Mitre Corporation, the USAF Electronics Systems Directorate, and was a Senior Scientist for SSAI Corp. before his final retirement at age 82.
Always ready to meet a challenge, he had more than one unusual experience. In 1946, he spent three months traveling around the world in a DC-3 on an Air Force project. In the winter of 1953, he lived at Point Barrow, Alaska, evaluating the feasibility of an Air Force early-warning system. He received several Air Force citations for his service.
For many years Harry made the official recordings of the Masterworks Chorale, which awarded him a citation for outstanding service in 1980. He also worked as the music and sound effects designer for many productions by the Arlington Friends of the Drama and especially for the Concord Players with his wife Dorothy as the director of the plays. His love for books was reflected in his ever-increasing library and his years as a leader with the Great Books Foundation. During one period, he led groups at the then Concord Reformatory.
A resident of Carlisle for 35 years, Dr. Schecter was the town sound engineer for several years. Residents remember him stringing wires, placing microphone stands, and passing around microphones at Town Meeting.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his daughter Martha Forsyth of West Newton, his son David Schecter of Benson, Arizona, and two stepsons, Peter Clifford of Barrington, Rhode Island, and Hugh Worsham of Cumming, Georgia, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 22, at 11 a.m., at the Friends of the Performing Arts (FOPAC), 51 Walden Street, Concord with a reception following in the First Parish Hall, Lexington, Road, Concord. Gifts in his memory may be made to the Concord Players, Box 22, Concord, MA 01742; the Louisa May Alcott Orchard Houste, 399 Lexington Road, Concord; or the Masterworks Chorale, P.O. Box 323, Lexington, MA 02420.
Arrangements are under the care of MacRae-Tunnicliffe Funeral Home, Concord. For online guest book visit: www.concordfuneral.com.
Elizabeth Bing to wed Justin Daglish
Ed and Ruth Bing, of Old East Street, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth, to Justin Daglish. Justin is the son of John and Liz Daglish of Nelson, England.
Elizabeth graduated from the Carlisle School and is a 1996 graduate of Concord-Carlisle High School. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2000. She is employed as a business operations executive at Origin Pharmaceutical Services near Oxford, England.
Justin holds a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University in Leicester, UK. He is an environmental engineer at RSK ENSR in Bristol, England.
A May 28, 2006, wedding is planned in Carlisle, after which they plan to live in Cheltenham, England.
• Richard S. D'Agostino, M.D. of North Road has been appointed to chair the Lahey Clinic Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Dr. D'Agostino has served as director of the Cardiothoracic Post-Anesthesia Recovery Unit and as vice chair of Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery since 2002.
"Dr. D'Agostino's expertise and solid commitment to his patients and Lahey Clinic make him the ideal choice for this important leadership position," said Lahey Clinic President and Chief Executive Officer David M. Barrett, M.D. "I know under his leadership the department will continue to grow and provide the most innovative resources to care for our patients."
• Finishers from Carlisle at the 26-mile Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9, were:
Melissa Weiksnar of Robbins Drive with a time of 4:07:37 and Tucker Kelly of Buttrick Lane with a time of 4:00:28.
Seven Kenyan runners were listed from Concord including the second-, fourth-, sixth- and eight-place finishers, managed by Tom Ratcliffe of Carlisle.
• Richard L. Ketchen of Brook Street will be this year's speaker at the Willard House and Clock Museum's Robinson Lecture, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 30, in the museum's Main Gallery. Ketchen's presentation will be "The Precision Clocks in the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard University."
The museum is located at 11 Willard Street, North Grafton, Mass. Admission to the lecture is free. Due to limited seating, reservations are requested. To make reservations, call 1-508-839-3500.For more information, visit their website at www.willardhouse.org.
• John Rolfe of Nowell Farme Road will be giving a slide show on Alaska at the Armchair Travel Series at the Harvey Wheeler Center in West Concord at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 17. All are welcome to attend.
• Eighth-grader Georgia Guttadauro of Fiske Street designed the T-shirt for this year's 25th anniversary Concord CROP Walk, which benefits soup kitchens and suppers for the area hungry, as well as victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the tsunami victims of Asia. The CROP Walk will take place this Saturday, October 16, at the First Parish Church in Concord. Music provided by the CCHS Pep Band will kick off the walk at 1:30 p.m., and the walkers will step off at 2:15 p.m.
The Bishop family of Kimball Road, on the death of Liz Bishop's father, Robert Cutler, 84, of Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 11 after a lengthy illness. Out of respect to the deceased, this year the Bishops will not hold their annual Halloween presentation and open house.
The headline for a letter in the September 30 issue was ambiguous: "Anti-gay marriage petition" referred to a petition against same-sex marriage. The Mosquito regrets any misunderstandings this may have caused.
The October 7 issue incorrectly stated the number of METCO students attending Concord Public Schools. The correct number is 109 students.
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