Friday, July 13, 2007
Barbara J. Bennett: A woman with intellectual curiosity throughout her life
Barbara (Johnstone) Bennett, age 84, died on July 3, 2007. A resident of Heald Road in Carlisle from 1980 to 1993, and subsequently of Milldam Square in Concord, she was born in Berkeley, California, and grew up in Short Hills, New Jersey, the daughter of Henry and Beatrice Johnstone. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1946 and earned a master's of arts degree in history from Harvard University in 1948. She remained interested in academic subjects for the rest of her life. She took up the study of mathematics in the early 1960s, just out of her own intellectual curiosity, and read widely in subjects ranging from the history of African exploration to impressionist painting. Her major intellectual interest was in the philosophy of science — she was fascinated by the implications of quantum theory — and she took advanced courses on the subject and had several articles on philosophy published in scholarly journals.
Mrs. Bennett was also a great lover of nature and enjoyed family outings into woodsy areas. She was always the appreciator of the subtle things: the pattern of lichen on the boulder, the movement of grasses in the wind. She wrote poetry for many years and was finishing a poem about Cézanne when she died. Some of her work was published in poetry journals. After moving to Carlisle, she also contributed occasional verse to the Mosquito, where she was a staff member for some years.
Barbara Johnstone was married in 1950 to a fellow graduate student in history, Edward W. Bennett, and they lived for the next 30 years in the Washington D.C. area, where he worked until early retirement. He was also involved with the Mosquito as a Forum writer and then taking the role of Forum editor for some years. Mrs. Bennett is survived by two daughters and a son — Susan Jennifer Bennett of Gloucester, Elizabeth Bennett of Northampton, and Peter Bennett of Bozeman, Montana.
A private memorial gathering will be held on Saturday afternoon, July 21, at her home in Concord.
Getting On With It
When you can't go on, you know it's time
Safety only requires
The Language of Trees
How deep are the woods?
How can I read their signs?
the occult tongue
of a wordless world
in which they find their names.
And I, too, find mine:
I am the listener,
learning to speak
The haze of rain
is spread in the feathers
The warblers take up
of miniature leaves.
Grackles give back
the black gloss of
But all sunshine
must be the invention of
First Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarships Awarded
The Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund announces the inaugural recipients of the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship. These awards were given to Caitlin Moss of Concord and Daniel Fidler of Carlisle. The Fund, established by Adrian's family and friends, commemorates his passion for distance running and his devotion to learning. Adrian Martinez of Concord died suddenly last summer while participating in a soccer game. He had graduated from Williams College in the spring.
At a recent reception in Concord, Adrian's parents Angel and Frankie Martinez thanked the many supporters whose generosity provided each student with a $5,000 scholarship. Caitlin Moss, an accomplished high honor roll student at CCHS and avid runner and captain of the Track and Field team, exemplifies the spirit of the Martinez award. In her remarks she commended the Martinez family for their courage and generosity in looking to the future and supporting students like her. She will attend Georgetown University in the fall.
Daniel Fidler has led both the CCHS cross-country and track teams as captain and has been chosen as a Boston Globe All Scholastic athlete in both cross-country and track. He is the 2006 Hayes Award winner and was voted "most inspirational" cross-country team member in 2006. In his remarks, Dan noted that on his very first day four years ago as a freshman runner, he was taught the "Adrian" stretch, a staple of the CCHS team and just one example of Adrian's lasting impact at CCHS. Dan will attend Merrimack College this fall.
To support the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Fund you may make a tax-deductible contribution by sending a check, payable to CCSF, to the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 217, Concord, MA 01742-0217. Indicate on your check or in a cover letter that your gift is for the Adrian A. Martinez Memorial Scholarship Fund. Credit card donations may be made online by visiting www.ccscholarshipfund.org.
Challenging race supports local need
The top Golden Paddle award was presented to The Miracles team for raising the largest donation of $5,520. Other winning teams included:
· Fastest youth team — Mosquito Magnets
· Fastest women's team — Ms. Quitos
· Fastest men's team — Wylie Coyotes
· Fastest mixed team — Concord Outfitters
· Most spirited team — Lucky 11
Next year's race will be on Sunday, June 1, 2008.
For more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit www.cccommunitychest.org.
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