The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 9, 2007

Lewis E. French - A member of the French family, formerly of River Road

Lewis Everett French, 85, son of the late Edmund L. and Mary C. (MacDonald) French, died peacefully January 28 at the Heritage Nursing Center in Lowell.

Mr. French was born April 6, 1921 in Melrose and graduated from the Highland School in Carlisle and Concord High School. He served as an Air Force Company clerk in World War II and was in the Philippines preparing for invasion when the Japanese surrendered. After his honorable discharge in 1946, Lewis attended New England Linotype School in 1948, and worked for the Concord Press. After a few years as a linotyper, he attended the Wentworth Institute to study carpentry, graduating in 1951. He worked as a custodian for Raytheon from 1956 until he retired in June of 1983.

For many years Lewis lived in Carlisle in the house that his father had built on River Road and during this time continued to be active in the Carlisle Congregational Church.

Mr. French is survived by his older brother, Hector E. French, and four nieces, Judith Troughton, Susan Rizza, Deborah Cyr, and Nancy French.

A family graveside burial service was held on February 3 in Green Cemetery, Carlisle. Due to the illness of his brother, a memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church at a later date.


·Ellen Miller of Indian Hill Road, the Feature Editor of the Mosquito, is the author of the recently published book The Window Shop: Safe Harbor for Refugees 1939 — 1972. With the help of researchers Ilse Heyman and Dorothy Dahl, Miller has written about the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Window Shop, which provided employment for German and Austrian Jewish women refugees during and following the Second World War. The Window Shop, first located on Church Street in Harvard Square, eventually moved to Brattle Street, where it featured a gift and dress shop and a restaurant/bakery offering Viennese pastries and meals from 1947 until 1972.

Those of us who lived or shopped in the Harvard Square area during this era will not forget those elegant refugee women who waited on us and tried to help us find the appropriate outfit for an upcoming special occasion.

In The Window Shop we can read about the Harvard faculty wives who founded the Window Shop and the women, many from concentration camps, who made such a success of this unique operation.




Paul D. Birch



Paul D. Birch of Westford Street has been elected to Emerson Hospital's Board of Directors. Birch is currently a private investor and principal owner and president of All Seasons Tennis Club in Acton and serves on the Board of Double Take Software as well as a number of private companies.




· Kyra Prats of River Road crafted World Bank proposals as a delegate from Norway at the 33rd annual Yale Model United Nations Conference held January 25-28 at Yale University. Prats, a sophomore at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, is a member of the 20th Model UN (MUN) committee that sent 36 delegates to the Yale conference.

As a member of the Economic and Social arm of the UN, Prats was responsible for drafting loan proposals for developing countries. Her work on the World Bank committee included cost estimations for the given project, and the terms of repayment for the credit or loan proposal.

More than 1,220 high school MUN delegates from across the country and around the world grappled with the facts of global issues.

The conference is designed to give students a hands-on introduction to the intricacies, purpose, and procedures of the United Nations.

· Laura Ferraro of Spencer Brook Lane was named to the Dean's List at Duke University for the fall 2006 semester.

· Quentin Hart of West Street was recently named to the Dean's List at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee. Hart is an engineering and economics major and a member of the Vanderbilt class of 2007.

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito