The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 28, 2005


Charles T Hughes
Dr. Charles T (Chuck) Hughes, 76, of Acton Street, died October 19 from diabetic complications following heart surgery at Mass. General Hospital in Boston.

Chuck was the husband of 47 years of Phyllis (Wilson) Hughes, loving father to five children; Karl and his wife Susan Hughes of Syracuse, New York; Jonatha Caspian and her husband Laning Polatty of Oakton, Virginia; Helaine and her husband Lynn Cohen of Wilton, New Hampshire; Adrienne Hughes and her companion Roy Hopkins of Rochester, New York; and Kate Hughes and her husband Paul Schelling of Corning, New York. He was the brother of Nancy Plass and her late husband Norman of Lincoln, Nebraska, Donald and Joan Hughes of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Virginia Hughes of Takoma Park, Maryland and the late Kendall Gilbert. He was the doting grandfather of nine grandchildren: Tre Alvarez, Michael Alvarez, Connor Hughes, Riley, Baxter, Bailey and Tegan Cohen, Costin and Josephine Schelling.

Born in Fulton, New York, Chuck was the son of Howard and Dorothy Stellhorn Hughes of New York State. He had been a Carlisle resident for 38 years.

Chuck was active in sports and was a gold medalist in basketball in the Senior Games and Senior Olympics, playing for teams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut. He played ice hockey for seven decades and was a championship coach. At age 72, he was still doing back flips off the diving board and swimming regularly. In the 1960s and '70s, he was active in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) as a competitor, instructor, and event organizer, an enthusiasm continued by his children.

An artisan woodworker in exotic woods, Chuck spent many years as a 4-H instructor in woodworking. He was an avid reader, an usher in his church, and active in the community. He sang with the MIT Choral Society, Concord Chorus and the Longy Chamber Singers. He enjoyed birdwatching, hiking, and camping. His Bonsai and Japanese gardens were greatly admired by many.

Chuck attended Clarkson College of Technology (B.Ch.E. 1950), Princeton University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (ScD. Chemical Engineering, 1962). He worked in polymer science for space applications and other industrial and military applications. His work was a significant contribution to the Mercury and Apollo missions. He was awarded a patent in 1972 for his Method of Forming Pyrrone Molding Powders. Chuck was the quintessential "Rocket Scientist" who joyfully shared his enthusiasm with others. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Sigma Xi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Chuck was a Korean-conflict-era veteran. From 1952 to 1954, he served as an officer in the Army Corps of Engineers at the Engineer Test Unit at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and in Greenland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chuck's memory may be made to the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle, Massachusetts 01741. Chuck was such an enthusiastic and voracious reader that he would want to be remembered this way.

David Driscoll helps victims of hurricane Katrina

David Driscoll of Fiske Street lent his hand and heart to help Gulf Coast residents start over after the massive hurricane Katrina destroyed communities in late August. For two weeks, Driscoll has been working with Hands On USA to clean up the devastating damage to homes and lives. Many families here are still living under tarps amid the rubble. Along with other Hands On volunteers from all over the country, Driscoll works ten-hour days in East Biloxi, securing and gutting homes that were flooded during the storm. He also joins crews to remove fallen trees from homes and yards and enclose roofs with tarps.

For a week, Driscoll and several other volunteers rose before dawn to drive to the nearby Humane Society facility to assist overworked animal rescue volunteers with the many dogs and cats they have been gathering to ship north. Driscoll plans to bring back a Katrina dog when he returns to Carlisle and try to find it a home.

"At first we didn't know if unskilled volunteers would be effective, especially in such an unfamiliar place," said David Campbell, executive director and founder of Hands On USA. "The hard work and compassion from our more than 350 volunteers has been astounding. The residents of Biloxi are so grateful for their help." Campbell, managing director of Innovation Advisers, also lives in Carlisle, on River Road. After more than 30 days of work, Hands On USA volunteers have secured and cleared more than 300 homes, removed more than 400 damaged trees and enclosed many roots with about 150 tarps. In addition, Hands On USA medical teams delivered toiletry kits and ice to underserved communities, and administered more than 200 tetanus shots and 100 hepatitis vaccines in just one week. The volunteers have given a total of 10,000 hours of their own time and almost a quarter of a million dollars worth of free labor. Hands On USA is the US-based affiliate of Hands On Worldwide, a volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization dedicated to timely disaster response and relief. Working with the City of Biloxi, Hands On USA has been requested to assist in the cleanup and rebuilding of three city sections. Volunteers are still needed.

Welcome home, Daltons

The Dalton family — John, Joan, Schuyler and Juliet — has moved back to town. Formerly active members of our community who made their home in the center of town, next door to the library, the Daltons returned to Carlisle in July, and are living on West Street.

After six years of living in downtown Toronto where John worked out of the Toronto office of his company, Navigant, the family is happy to be back in town with many of their old friends. Not that they didn't like Toronto. They were able to easily get about on public transportation, by foot and bicycle. But here in Carlisle, as Joan explains, they are able to experience all the things that happen in a small town — "the Katrina party on the Town Green, the Farmers Market, the Spaghetti Supper, and planning for the upcoming seventh-grade play."

While John continues to spend part of every week in Toronto, he can now get back to running with his dog, Gin, in the Estabrook Woods and on Sunday mornings meet with his old running buddies in Concord Center for their serious two-hour run.

Joan helps out with the Carlisle School field hockey team, participates with Juliet at the Farmers Market on Saturday morning and enjoys an early morning walk with Gin on the Cranberry Bog, all the while establishing a new home on the west side of town. Asked if she missed living in the center of town, Joan remarked on how many of their old friends had moved to the West Street area in recent years. "The Clarkes, the Brophys, and the Forellis, they now live just down the road."

So welcome home, old friends. It's great to see you back in town.

Tricia Smith of Indian Hill Road entered two cheeses in the 2005 national goat cheese competition in Kansas City on October 19, sponsored by the American Dairy Goat Association. Both cheeses received awards from judge Max McCalman (author of The Cheese Plate and Cheese: A Connoisseur's Guide and maître fromager at Manhattan's Picholine and Artisinal restaurants). "Kay's Midnight Moonlight," an ashed mold-ripened tomme, received first place, and "Ada's Honor," a traditional French-style ripened chèvre, placed second in its field.

Our sympathy to . . .

The Lyons family on Baldwin Road on the death of Helen's father Raymond DiMuzio, 78, of Berlin, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 22.


Frida Polli and Joseph Ziehler, the parents of Eleonora Polli Ziehler who was born on October 2, live on Ledgeways , not Acton Street.

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito