The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 5, 2007


Richard H. Abromeit A champion skier, rower and family man

Richard Abromeit
Richard Abromeit, 70, a longtime Carlisle resident, most recently of Newtown, Pennsylvania, died on September 24 in Philadelphia after a courageous 11-month battle with mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. He was the husband of Lynne (Palmer) Abromeit.

A champion oarsman and skier, D ick spent much of his life on the slopes of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire and on the waters of the Charles River in Cambridge.

As a racer, Dick won many skiing accolades including a national team race in Colorado where he won a Jeep for his Waterville Valley ski club BBTS. An avid USSA racer in the master division, Dick took home several top prizes on the slopes of New England as well.

As a way to train for ski racing, Dick picked up crew racing at Harvard Business School, but soon his love for rowing grew into his second passion. As a member of the Cambridge Boat Cub, Dick had several top finishes in the Head of the Charles Regatta, including a first place finish in 1970. He also placed first in a World Cup race for masters.

When Dick wasn't racing on the water or on the slopes, he facilitated credit agreements for Tyco International in Exeter, New Hampshire. As their Assistant Treasurer, Dick helped Tyco through many challenges over the years and helped to keep them a successful powerhouse. Dick moved with Tyco to Florida and New Jersey and until his death was a working and vital part of their treasury team.

But most notably, Dick was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Dick lived with his wife Lynne in Pennsylvania, where he pursued his interests in classical guitar and photography. Dick was a caring father to his two daughters Kate Merrill Dunham, a Concord resident and news anchor at WBZ-TV in Boston and Susie Abromeit, who works as an actress in south Florida. He taught both his girls how to ski race and play tennis. Dick leaves behind two granddaughters, Addison and Kayden Dunham, whom he loved to photograph.

A funeral service was held on October 3 at The First Religious Society in Carlisle. Interment followed in the family plot in Green Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Richard's name payable to a wonderful program giving hope to mesothelioma patients all over the world, the "International Mesothelioma Program" at Brigham and Women's Hospital c/o Dr. David Sugarbaker, Division of Thoracic Surgery, 75 Francis Street, Boston MA 02115.


Elijah (Eli) Louis Walcott Sonn

Elijah (Eli) Louis Walcott Sonn was born August 18 to Eugene Sonn and Jessica Walcott of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Eugene, son of Ed and Maybeth Sonn of Woodland Road, is a graduate of CCHS and Swarthmore College. He is a reporter for WHYY and WBGO covering the New Jersey State House and southern New Jersey and is sometimes heard on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Jess, the daughter of Stephen and Susan Walcott of Westborough, is a graduate of Westborough High School and Bryn Mawr College and holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a medical writer for Thomson Scientific.

Lindsay and Ethan Klickstein of West Street are happy to have a new cousin.

· Lois Dennison of Stearns Street competed on her horse, Luke, this summer at the Region
(Photo by Richard Hinde)
IX Vaulting Championships in Lexington, Virginia. Vaulting is a sport of performing gymnastic moves on a moving horse. This photo shows Dennison performing a handstand split in a silver level freestyle class. Lois vaults with the Rennaissance Farm Vaulting Team in Wilton, New Hampshire.

· Theodore T. Ho, son of Paul Ho and Elizabeth Wang of Judy Farm Road, was one of seven seniors inducted into the Cum Laude Society at Belmont Hill School on Thursday, September 27. The Cum Laude Society is a national recognition program established in 1906 as a secondary school equivalent to the Phi Beta Kappa awards.

At the same awards ceremony at Belmont Hill, Theodore was honored as a National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist and recognized as a College Board Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction.

Commended students in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program

Peter Badalament, principal at Concord-Carlisle High School announced today that the following students have been named Commended Students in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Carolyn Abend, Armon Ayandeh, Austin Bamford, Louisa Berger, Owen Callahan, Nicola Carey, Henry Carr, Will Clements, Amanda Clemm, David Dawson, Bianca Dragone, Keith Duffy, Charlotte Ehrlich, Chloe Fandel, Linley Gerber, Elizabeth Lebling, Zachary Lou, Fiona Masland, Alina Meltaus, Ryan Miller, Curtis Morrill, Katherine Ostrowski, Lucas Seibert, Elizabeth Yates and Rebecca Zhu. (Carlisle students in bold.)

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2008 competition for Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2008 competition by taking the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

2007 The Carlisle Mosquito