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Friday, October 20, 2006


Richard Lowe Brandhorst A cotton broker and past president of the Concord Country Club

Richard "Dick" Lowe Brandhorst, age 78, of Stearns Street and Ormond Beach, Florida, died after a battle with esophageal cancer and lymphoma on Thursday, October 12, at Emerson Hospital in Concord. His wife of 51 years, Sylvia (Shaw) Brandhorst, and his four children were at his side at the time of his death.

Born on February 2, 1928 in Schenectady, New York, he was the son of the late Leland E. Brandhorst and Jeanette (Lowe) Brandhorst. At Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady, he excelled as a track and field athlete and established several state sprinting and long-jump records. Immediately following graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a nurse at St. Albans Naval Hospital in New York City before attending Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Union College in Schenectady, where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He also played lacrosse while attending college.

Dick began his career in the insurance business and then held management roles at General Electric Corporation. However, he spent most of his career at E.A. Shaw in Boston, where he was a cotton broker. He also held management positions at E.A. Shaw Investments, a related company. As a cotton broker, he traveled extensively to help facilitate business with his clients — cotton farmers and textile producers.

Dick married Sylvia Shaw in Concord, on July 2, 1955. They initially lived in Concord, but moved to Russell Street in Carlisle in 1957. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Concord Country Club, where he also served as president. Throughout his life, Dick enjoyed playing golf until his illness prevented him from doing so. He fondly recalled his role as a marshal at the 1988 U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline.

Dick was a devoted husband, father and friend. He and Sylvia bought a piece of property on Squam Lake in New Hampshire in 1961 and built a cabin there in 1963. The family subsequently spent summers at the lake, and also used the house as a base for skiing, skating and snowshoeing during the winter. Dick took numerous trips to the Alps and Rockies to ski with friends and family. He was an avid fisherman, and particularly enjoyed an annual fly-fishing trip to Maine with a close group of friends. He enjoyed hiking and canoeing trips with his family throughout New England. Dick was an avid cook and maintained a bountiful vegetable garden for many years at his home in Carlisle.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children, Mark F. Brandhorst and his wife Sarah Shepley of South Paris, Maine; Jennie L. Stearns of Trumansburg, New York; Eric S. Brandhorst and his wife Timm of Carlisle; and Jill S. Hutchins and her husband Raymond of Chesterfield, New Hampshire. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Brady, Hannah, Beryl, Bela, Cole, Emma, Claire and Lyle.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 20, at 11 a.m. at the First Parish of Concord at 20 Lexington Road.

Gifts in his name may be made to the Bethke Cancer Center, John Cuming Building, ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742.

Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home, Concord. For online guest book visit


Keith Burgess weds Janel Rising

Keith Burgess, son of Roger and Inge Burgess of Autumn Lane, married Janel Rising, daughter of Larry and Jean Rising of Eagle Bend, Minnesota. The ceremony took place at the Commandant's House in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts on September 2.

The best man was Keith's twin brother, Craig Burgess, of Arlington. Janel's maid of honor was Jae Holst of Cottage Grove, Minnesota. The wedding party included three bridesmaids, three groomsmen and 11 children. A very special guest was Isabel Ladd, Janel's 87-year-old grandmother, who traveled alone from Glenwood, Minnesota, to join the celebration.

Christa Flanagan of Wayland, Keith's sister, and Louann Robinson of Hanscom AFB, Janel's sister, did readings during the ceremony. A cocktail hour, dinner and dance followed.

Keith graduated from Tufts University in 1995. He is employed as a project executive at Cerner Corporation and is currently staffed at Lowell General Hospital. Janel graduated from Minnesota State at Mankato in 2001. She is employed by Lowell General Hospital as a senior clinical analyst.

The couple resides in Charlestown.


Rebecca Elizabeth Sonn-Lees

Lindsay, Ethan, Kathryn and Jamie Klickstein of Carlisle are pleased with the arrival of their new cousin and niece, Rebecca Elizabeth Sonn-Lees of Brooklyn, New York. Rebecca, born October 12, is the daughter of Paul Sonn, formerly of Carlisle, and Martha Lees, formerly of Brookline. Proud grandparents are Maybeth and Ed Sonn of Carlisle and Drs. Ann and Robert Lees of Brookline.

Paul is the Deputy Director of the Poverty Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Martha is an Assistant District Attorney in the office of Eliot Spitzer.

Buraks celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Chris and Beverly (Foss) Burak, longtime residents of Brook Street, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on October 1. The surprise anniversary party, hosted by their children Steven, Susan and Christopher, was held at CHRISToPHERS, the Maynard restaurant where their son Christopher is the executive chef. There, surrounded by family members and friends, the Buraks had a wonderful evening that was enjoyed by all.

Two weeks later, on October 14, Chris and Beverly had "another great time" attending Chris' 50th Class Reunion from Concord High School. Both Chris and Beverly attended Concord High School. Beverly was in the Class of '57. Chris moved to Brook Street from Cambridge during his high school years. Beverly, who grew up on Concord Street, attended the Highland School and the Red Brick School House in Carlisle

Townspeople may know Beverly from her vegetable stand on Brook Street and her table at the Farmers Market, during the summer.

· John Lee of Lowell Street and Mark Duffy of North Road were recently asked to speak to a graduate school class on global economics and the environment at Brandeis University, a class taught by John Ballantine of Fiske Street. John Lee is the manager of Allendale Farm, a small farm on the Boston-Brookline line. Duffy is the farmer at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle and manages a dairy farm, as well as cranberry production at the Bog. Discussions in the class focused on agricultural policy, the World Trade Organization and the trouble subsidies are causing small farmers by depressing prices. "I invited Lee and Duffy," explained Ballantine, "because I wanted to put a real face on the problem."

· Carlisle's Farmers Market has closed for the season. Thanks to all the vendors for their wonderful fresh produce, crafts and delicious baked goods.

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