The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 10, 2006


William Deming Nichols
Prominent attorney, veteran

William Nichols, recently of Sandwich , New Hampshire , formerly of Carlisle until the early 1990s, died suddenly of a massive bacterial infection at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital early in the morning of November 2, 2006. His wife and three boys were with him and, shortly afterwards, his daughter. He was 82 years old.

William Deming Nichols was born in New Haven , Connecticut , on November 12, 1924. He lived in North Haven until his graduation from Hamden High School . From there he obtained a football scholarship to the University of Illinois . When WWII broke out, he joined the Marine Corps and was one of the first to learn the mechanics of the new radar technology. He earned the rank of sergeant at the early age of 18, and was put in command of a battery on the Pacific Island of Tinian . This battery defended the airport from which the plane took off carrying the atomic bomb. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945 with the rank of Second Lieutenant.

When the war ended, he entered Amherst College , from which he graduated in 1951, as a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. The following year he entered Harvard University Law School and graduated in 1954. From 1952 to 1954, he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

From 1954 to 1963, he worked at the law firm of Ropes and Gray in Boston and, from 1963 until his retirement, as a partner at Sullivan and Worcester. His specialty was working with the Securities and Exchange Commission and on a number of large corporate negotiations, stock offers and reorganizations. He was a member of the alumni associations of Amherst and Harvard, The Harvard Club of Boston, the Boston Athenaeum and the Concord Country Club. He was also a member of the Pinewoods Morris Team.

In 1953 he married Nancy Bird and, after graduation, moved first to Concord and then to Carlisle . There they raised four children, plus assorted sheep, geese, dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens. Loyalty to his family, his land and his garden were his prime interests.

Besides his wife, Bill is survived by his four children: Nathaniel St. John Nichols and his wife Maria Ortiz and their boys, William and Lucas, of Plymouth; Malcolm Swift Nichols and his wife Allison Donenfeld and their children, Steffany and Justin, of Tewksbury; William Gregory Nichols and wife Brenda Erie and their two girls, Abigail and Kathryn, of Concord; and Deborah Bird McDonald and her husband Anthony McDonald of Wingina, Virginia.

A memorial service is planned at the First Religious Society (on the Green) in Carlisle on Monday, December 4, at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the scholarship funds at either Amherst College, Office of Development, P.O. Box 5000, Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002, or the Noyes School of Rhythm, Box 70, Portland, Connecticut 06480.

Raymond Dutton
Member of two long-time Carlisle families

Raymond H. Dutton, 101, of Brookline died on November 2 at his home following a brief illness. Mr. Dutton was born on East Street in Carlisle on June 1, 1905. He was the son of the late Herbert Page Dutton and Emma (Davis) Dutton

Mr. Dutton grew up on the family farm on Russell Street (now home of the Brandhorst family), and he was graduate of Concord High School, Class of 1922. He was a skilled carpenter and worked at the Hojem Builders of Concord with both Martin and Robert Hojem. He retired from the company when he was in his 80s.

Mr. Dutton attended the Carlisle Congregational Church and in his youth was a member of the church’s True Blue Club. He was also a member of the Concord Congregational Church. His 100th birthday was celebrated by family and friends with a party at the Carlisle Congregational Church. The photograph shown above was taken on that day by his nephew, David Dutton.

His life was dedicated to his family and work. He never let his hands become idle. There was always a project to complete or work to be done around the home. He lived in Concord and Hudson before moving to his daughter Karen’s home in Brookline in the late 1900s. In the fall of 2005, he was still raking leaves and participating in household chores.

Mr Dutton is survived by two sons, Laurence and his wife Betty of Chesapeake, Virginia; and Bruce and his wife Nancy of Stafford Springs, Connecticut; two daughters, Karen Petersen and her husband Harold of Brookline and Donna Dutton and her husband Steve Schultz of Charlotte, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Grace Dutton of South Street, Carlisle, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lee (McAllister) Dutton; a son, Robert McAllister Dutton; his sister, Mabel Bates and brothers, Onslow, Warren, George and Francis Dutton.

A funeral service will be held at the Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School Street in Carlisle on Saturday, November 11 at 10 a.m .Interment will be in Green Cemetery in Carlisle. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Congregational Church, P. O. Box 191, Carlisle, MA 01741. Arrangements are in the care of Bedford Funeral Home. To learn more about Raymond Dutton, see his Oral History interviewing the October 22, 2004, Mosquito.

Our sympathy to...

Bruce and Beth Metcalf of Heald Road on the death of Bruce’s mother, Ruth Wiles Metcalf, 89, at the LifeCare Center of Acton, on Friday, October 20, 2006. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 11, at 10 a.m. in the Woodlawn Memorial Chapel, Concord Road (adjacent to Woodlawn Cemetery) in Acton Center. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Activities Fund, LifeCare Center of Acton.

Stewart Design Group, a 14-year-oldinterior design firm owned by Cathleen Stewart of Westford, held its official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, October 27, with the sponsorship of the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce, at its new offices in Carlisle Center. The firm is occupying two floors at 7A School Street, which had been previously rented to a real estate company, and many years before that had been an antique store. Following approval from the Carlisle Historical Commission, a sign was recently erected at the corner of School Street and the rotary in Carlisle.


Kiley Harris of Carlisle (in front) will dance the role of a polichinelle in New England Civic Ballet's The Nutcracker on December 8, 9 and 10

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