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Friday, June 15, 2007


Geraldine (Gerry) Cleveland A lover of nature and her family

Geraldine (Gerry) Cleveland, 87, died at her home in Carlisle, on Friday, June 8. She is survived by her many friends who were all very dear to her and by two of her children: her son Douglas and his wife Sara, of McLean and Charlottesville, Virginia, and her daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Peter Gifford, of Concord, Massachusetts. The wife of the late Blair Cleveland (Cdr., USN), she was also the devoted mother of her much-beloved youngest son, Bradford Cleveland (CCHS, 1977), and of Everett Owen ('Laddie') Alward, son of her first husband, Everett Alward, who perished in air combat during World War II.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Mrs. Cleveland was the daughter of Commander Owen Bartlett, USN, of Annapolis, Maryland, and the spirited Betty M. Bartlett Nevin of Cheshire, England, the 17-year-old bride who, in the words of her father, "gave up the flag of England for the handsome American naval officer." Having served as Governor of Guam during World War I, Commander Bartlett moved his young family in 1922 to Hawaii, where the young Geraldine grew up, attending the Punahou School, from which she graduated in 1938. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Geraldine declined to be evacuated with her family, instead remaining in Honolulu to marry her first husband, Everett Alward, a USMC pilot and USNA graduate who was subsequently shot down over the Sea of Japan. Widowed at age 22, Geraldine returned to Jamestown, Rhode Island, to join her parents and raise her young son, Everett, Junior.

Following the war, while living in Jamestown, Mrs. Cleveland met and married Blair Cleveland, of Concord, Massachusetts, then a Lt. Cdr. in the Navy, with whom she had three more children, Douglas Blair Cleveland and Holly Kingsley Cleveland, both born in Jamestown, and Bradford Bartlett Cleveland, born in Honolulu just prior to statehood, in 1958. She and Blair remained lifelong summer residents of Jamestown.

All of her life, Mrs. Cleveland was a lover of nature and she always delighted in and treasured the little things that might be found in one's own garden. In Carlisle, she retained a collection of Japanese glass fishnet floats which she had gathered over the years during her many walks along the beaches of Hawaii. In Hawaii, Gerry had a canoe rather than a bicycle, and she was happiest when paddling out to the reefs or walking the beach. Later, both in Jamestown and in Carlisle, Mrs. Cleveland loved and nurtured her gardens and the creatures who inhabited them. She enjoyed her association with both the Jamestown Garden Club and the Seeds and Weeds Garden Club of Concord. Mrs. Cleveland was also a landscape watercolorist, studying first with Hon Shu Hee of Hawaii, and more recently, for many years, with the late George Shedd, maintaining memberships with the Concord Art Association and the Jamestown Arts and Crafts Association.

First and foremost, Mrs. Cleveland was devoted to and delighted in the company of her family and friends. In particular, she always commented that all she ever really wanted from life was children and she was adored in turn by her family, four-legged and two-legged alike. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, her children request that gifts may be made to The Humane Society, The Nature Conservancy, or to Partners' Hospice. Funeral services will be private.

Former Carlisle Superintendent-Principal moves on

For those of us who were parents with children attending the Carlisle School from 1979 until 1989, it was interesting to read the article about our former Superintendent-Principal, Matthew King, on page 15 of the June 10 Boston Globe Magazine. Dr. King, who has been superintendent for the Carlisle, Lincoln-Sudbury and Wellesley schools, is retiring from Wellesley at the end of this school year to head the Rashi School, a small independent Jewish day school, K-8, to be built in Dedham, on land owned by Hebrew SeniorLife, an eldercare facility.

In response to the question from the Globe asking about his expressed frustration with the politics of public schools, here is his response. "I would say that I've grown tired of the direction public education is going, with more and more controls from the state and federal government and less and less autonomy for individual schools and school systems. There's no question I've had a very, very satisfying career. But right now, just the whole accountability movement, I guess you would say, has made working in schools not as satisfying as it used to be."

Asked about building the school on land owned by Hebrew SeniorLife, and how having an intergenerational campus would affect the school, King had this response for the Globe: "It just strikes me as being a wonderful opportunity waiting to happen, to try to build in some connections within the school. I think the greater the age span that you can have in kids' learning and development, the healthier the place is, which is why I happen to like K-8 schools, and this would be an opportunity to bring in some older people in some exciting ways."

· The Johnson family of South Street were proud of two college postgraduates during the month of May. Lea Johnson received a Ph.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania on May 14. Erin Johnson received a M.A. degree in American history from Villanova University on May 20. She has been accepted for further graduate study by the University College of London, where she will begin a program in medieval history in September.

· Anne Elizabeth Knopf of Robbins Drive received a bachelor's degree in American studies from Skidmore College.

· Zane Schweer of School Street graduated from Wake Forest University, receiving two top university awards: the Calloway School of Business "Spirit of Calloway" award, which is given by the business school faculty, and the Order 23, a society of 23 individuals who have contributed the most to Wake Forest University. Schweer, who began his business career at the age of nine when he opened "Zane's Pet Care" in Carlisle, will be employed at AT&T in its management training program in Charlotte, North Carolina.

· Beatrice Kim of Westford Street has graduated from NYU with a Founders Day Award, the highest scholastic award recognized by the university at graduation.

· Craig Ferraro of Spencer Brook Lane graduated from Fairfield University majoring in economics. He was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Economics Honor Society.

· Michael Mancini of East Street graduated with a B.S. degree from Fairfield University where he majored in integrated marketing communications and minored in business regulation law and ethics. He plans a career in marketing and creative services and will be working for Redpeg Marketing in Westport, Connecticut.

· John Pauler of Judy Farm Road graduated from Roanoke College with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in economics.

· Eric Wallhagen of Timothy Lane graduated May 19from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in material science.He will be beginning work as a product engineer for PCC Structurals— Aluminum Operations in Tilton, New Hampshire in late June.

· Patrick T. Brennan of Bedford Road and Connor W. Smith of Hartwell Road were graduates of St. Sebastian's School in Needham. Brennan will be attending Harvard University in the fall. Smith will attend the University of Notre Dame.

· Carol-Ann Wallhagen of Timothy Lane finished her sophomore year at Roger Williams University.She received the honor of being on the Dean's List for the last three semesters. She is pursuinga degree in visual arts.

· Sean DeBruzzi of Autumn Lane was named to the spring Dean's List at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota.

· Two Concord Academy students from Carlisle have been named All-League players by the Eastern Independent League: senior Emily Howe of Acton Street for girls lacrosse, and sophomore Jake Dockterman of Russell Street for boys tennis.

The E.I.L. recognizes athletes from private schools each season with All-League selection. At the end-of-season meeting, the league coaches discuss and vote on the top players in their sport. The All-League title recognizes players who, for that season, displayed great skill, knowledge of the sport, sportsmanship and leadership on the field/court.


While the towns of Lincoln, Harvard and Chatham are working to design accessory apartment programs that will meet the state's requirements to qualify as affordable housing units, Carlisle Administrative Coordinator Elizabeth Barnett notes it would be unfair to characterize the towns as "frustrated" or "fed up," as was stated in "Affordable apartments going nowhere," in last week's Mosquito. Barnett also pointed out that Carlisle voters approved up to $90,000 for an Affordable Accessory Apartment incentive program, but there is a maximum of $15,000 per apartment.

· Sam Presti, formerly of Blaisdell Drive, a 1995 CCHS graduate, has become the youngest manager in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Presti, age 30, who has been the assistant manager of the San Antonio Spurs for the past seven years, has been named manager of the Seattle Super Sonics. As one of his former Carlisle friends put it, "Presti has become the Theo Epstein of the NBA."

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