The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 27, 2007


RobertWesselhoeft III A dedicated physician and devoted family man

Dr. Robert "Toby" Wesselhoeft III, 63, of South Street, formerly of Concord and Chatham, died Monday, April 16, at his Carlisle home after a long battle with lung cancer.He was the beloved husband of Dianne E. (Groh) Wesselhoeft.

Born in Boston on April 10, 1944, he was the son of the late Robert Wesselhoeft Jr. and Nancy (Stevens) Wesselhoeft.He grew up in Chatham and attended Chatham public schools. From 1958 to 1962, he attended Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts, where he served as social chairman for his high school class graduating in 1962. In 1966, he received a bachelor's degree in political science from Brown University. He later graduated from Boston University Medical School, received a master's degree in public health from Johns Hopkins and a master's degree from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.He was fluent in Spanish and conversant in German.

For many years, Dr. Wesselhoeft served as a physician and medical director at the Boston Evening Medical Center-MGH which began as a working-man's health center in Back Bay. His international health experience led him to clerkships in Scotland and Zululand, South Africa and finally to a family clinic located in the little town of Owaka on New Zealand's South Island. He was an admirer of Albert Schweitzer, particularly of his work in Lambarene, South Africa.

Dr. Wesselhoeft was a dedicated pioneer of family medicine for over 25 years, in Boston and at Tufts University School of Medicine. Starting in the early 1980s, he sought to develop an academic home for Family Medicine that would emphasize patient-centered care and humanistic values, and would encourage medical students to choose primary care careers. With determination, he successfully expanded the role of family medicine by establishing academic family medicine at Tufts University Medical School in 1995, and subsequently becoming the school's first chief of family medicine.

A longtime member ofFirst Parish in Concord, he was a devoted Religious Education teacher, compassionate member of the Pastoral Care Team, and a valued volunteer at the Greeley Foundation.

An avid Red Sox fan, his enthusiastic love of baseball was contagious and extended to his friends and neighbors, sharing his joy in the hosting of a Sky Box party at Fenway Park in celebration of his 60th birthday.A volunteer Little League coach for many seasons, Dr. Wesselhoeft was also the originator of the Emerson Field Family Pick-up Baseball Games, on summer Sunday afternoons. In addition, he co-initiated the Cooperstown Concord-Carlisle Minutemen team for ten-year-olds who compete at the Cooperstown Dreams Park against young players from all across the U.S.

He was a master cider presser and took great pleasure in running a small family business with his sons, selling Wesselhoeft Family Cider at Carlisle's Farmers' Market.

His keen interest in reconnecting with his German relatives in Hamburg led him and his wife and children to form strong bonds with his many relatives which has led to the organizing of the famed Wesselhoeft family reunions held both here and abroad.Traveling off the beaten trail, he led his family through many adventures in rural Mexico, Germany, and Austria, visiting many children he sponsored through Save the Children organization.

In addition to his wife, Dianne, he is survived by three sons, William Johannes Wesselhoeft, Robert Alexander Wesselhoeft IV and Christian Matthias Wesselhoeft, all of Carlisle, a sister, Susan Weinz of Belfast, Maine, and a stepbrother, John C. Whitehurst of San Antonio, Texas.He was also the brother of the late Marjorie Kramer.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 21, at First Parish in Concord.

A private family burial was held in Green Cemetery, Carlisle.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Northfield Mount Hermon School with a cover letter designating the funds for Financial Aid in memory of Dr. Robert "Toby" Wesselhoeft III Scholarship Fund c/o Northfield Mount Hermon School, Attention: Office of Advancement, 206 Main Street, Northfield, MA 01360-9989. Telephone Contact/ Ms. Rennie Washburn: 413-498-3673. On line:

Funeral arrangements were under the care of the Dee Funeral Home of Concord.For guest book, visit


Laoise Derdriu Dowling Guyer

Laoise Derdriu Dowling Guyer (Leesha Deirdre) was born on April 11 to Seana and Tom Guyer of Bolton. Laoise joins big sisters Aine and Niamh. Her grandmothers are Mary Dowling of Easthampton and Bev Guyer of Acton Street.

Maya Downing Liteplo

Mark and Kristen Liteplo of Wakefield are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maya Downing Liteplo, on March 30. Proud grandparents are Maya and Merrill Liteplo of Curve Street, and Fred and Marilyn Downing of Gloucester and Naples, Florida.

Lance Corporal Jonathan Ford of Cross Street recently returned from a seven-month deployment in Iraq. Ford graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 2001 and attended Middlesex Community College. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005. At a recent high school reunion that he was unable to attend, many of his classmates fondly remembered him in a greatly appreciated joint communiqué sent to him in Iraq. Ford is presently stationed at Camp Pendleton in California.

23 Laps for Adrian

Come celebrate, remember and honor the life of Adrian Martinez on Monday, April 30 (rain or shine) at 7 p.m. at the Emerson Track in Concord.

Martinez, a resident of Concord, who would have turned 23 on April 30, graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School in 2002 and Williams College in 2006. In August of 2006, he died suddenly of heart failure.

Martinez was an avid and accomplished runner and athlete who valued family, friendship and citizenship above all else. Friends are invited to participate in "23 Laps for Adrian" by walking, running, talking, sharing and signing a guest book which will be sent to the Martinez family. In addition, donations will be collected for the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund, a fund established in 2006 by Adrian's family to commemorate his passion for distance running and learning. To make a donation or for more information about the fund, visit:

At the award ceremony, Fire Department representatives received a plaque recognizing 25 years of collaborative pre-hospital care. Pictured from left to right are Bruce Trefry, manager of emergency medical services/ALS at Emerson Hospital, David Flannery, Carlisle Fire Chief, and Christine Schuster, Emerson Hospital president and CEO.
Past and present Emerson paramedics were recently honored at a celebration to commemorate their years of service to the community. Local fire chiefs and firefighters gathered with paramedics to reflect on 25 years of cooperative excellence in pre-hospital care.

"Time and again I have received letters from grateful patients who are so thankful for the combined efforts of the local fire departments and the Emerson paramedic service," said Christine Schuster, president and CEO, during her remarks at the celebration.

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito