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Friday, October 10, 2008

Marshall Simonds

Carlisle’s Town Moderator for 33 years


Town Moderator Marshall Simonds stands at the podium in the Corey Auditorium. (Photo by Midge Eliassen)

Marshall Simonds of Morrisville, Vermont, formerly of School Street in Carlisle, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 1. He was born September 17, 1930, in Belmont, Massachusetts, the son of Sidney and Evelyn Simonds.

“Pete” Simonds attended Belmont Hill School, Princeton University (’52) and Harvard Law School (’55). Pete joined the Boston law firm Goodwin Procter, LLP in 1955 and began a 45-year career with the firm. In addition to working on behalf of private clients, he served as General Counsel to the Massachusetts Crime Commission, which was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in the 1960s to investigate corruption in state and local government. He also served as Special Counsel to the Boston School Committee in the late 1970s, helping it respond to court orders in the difficult desegregation litigation.

He was a longtime member of the American Bar Association and was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He lectured and trained lawyers in trial skills at Harvard Law School, in various professional settings and in exchange with English barristers. He also moderated and presented televised case scenarios for WCVB’s series called “Miller’s Court!” He was deeply devoted to democratic town governance and spent more than 30 years as Moderator for Town Meeting in Carlisle. He and his wife Kate, who lived in Carlisle from 1958 until 2000, were named Carlisle’s Honored Citizens in 2000.

Pete had a lifelong dedication to Labrador Retrievers. He and his wife Kate trained the dogs and took part in competitions. He was the proud owner of 13 Field Champion dogs and an advocate for the breed. He was a delegate to the American Kennel Club and chaired numerous committees. He was the president of the National Retriever Club, president of the Colonial Retriever Field Trial Club as well as a judge and competitor over 40 years in Labrador Retriever Field Trials. In 2001 he was elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame. He was a founder of the AKC Health Foundation and a director of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. In 2006, Pete received a lifetime achievement award from the American Kennel Club.

He was a lifelong sportsman, naturalist and conservationist. He began spending time in Vermont in the 1960s, hunting, fishing and camping. He worked with the state to improve wildlife habitat at all of the property he owned. He eventually built a home and retired to Morrisville in 2000.

Pete is survived by his wife Katharine B. Simonds; his children Robert Bradley Simonds of Sugarloaf Key, Florida; Wendell J. Hausdorff of Brussels, Belgium; Katharine J. Holloway of Charlottesville, Virginia; and Joshua L. Simonds of South Burlington, Vermont and eight grandchildren.

A Memorial Celebration of the Life of Pete Simonds will be held on Tuesday, October 28 at 2 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memoriam to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, P.O. Box 900061, Raleigh, NC 27675-9061.

Town Moderator Marshall Simonds was interviewed by Jane Hart for the Carlisle Oral History Project. Here is an excerpt from that interview, published in the Carlisle Mosquito on February 11, 2000, shortly before he and Kate moved to Vermont:

When asked to tell what was the most interesting or rewarding part of his job as Moderator, here is his response . . . “The Moderator is basically the rulekeeper and I think it’s a wonderful, challenging job that you always do a little bit wrong because you always go a little too far one way or the other. I encourage someone to come up and speak for five minutes and I end up finding they took 15 minutes and repeated themselves three times, and I have to not be irritated with them even though I sense the meeting has heard more than they want to hear about it. On the other hand, I jump on someone who I think is about to say something confrontational and want to nip it in the bud, and I find I judged wrong. They weren’t going to say anything confrontational; they just wanted to get a viewpoint out. So it’s a job that you always fail at but to the extent you can succeed, and at the end of the meeting, people come up and say that was a good meeting or when people stay and participate, then you’ve achieved an important role in a small town.”

Our sympathy to . . .

Scott Evans and his family of Heald Road on the death of Scott’s father Kenneth Evans of Groton, formerly of Baldwin Road in Carlisle.

Ronnie Greene. Photo by Lois d'Annunzio


Ronnie Greene of Milne Cove Road, riding Lois d’Annunzio’s horse, Stjarna, was the Top Gold Winner in the eight mile ride through farmlands near Putnam, Connecticut, on Sunday. This eighth annual Quiet Corner Ride for the Cure raised over $3,400 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Greene was riding in honor of her closest friend, Lorraine Ware, who lost her battle with breast cancer a year ago. Gabe d’Annunzio of Laurelwood Drive also rode and was a bronze winner.

• Patients and visitors at Emerson Hospital can view the work of local talent in the current exhibition of paintings in the hospital’s main hallway.

An addition to the editorial
“Help the COA improve quality of life for seniors”

COA Outreach Coordinator Angela Smith works 26 hours per week, two hours of which are paid by a state grant. Social Worker Peter Cullinane works six hours per week. His salary is paid by a Community Chest grant.

Jacqui Malis of Tophet Road, a sophomore at CCHS, was interviewed on WBZ Sports on September 20 by sports reporter Tom Cuddy. Malis, a former lacrosse and soccer player, has taken on a new sport since being diagnosed with scoliosis – she is rowing on the Charles.

Malis has joined high school students from all over the state who have taken up crew at Community Rowing Inc. on the Charles River in Watertown. She joined CCHS junior Katie Hart of Fifty Acre Way in this new endeavor.

On display in the Emerson gallery are oil paintings and oil pastel drawings by Carlisle resident Gail Fitzpatrick of Bedford Road. Fitzpatrick, who studied at Cornell University, Ecole des Beaux Arts in Aix-en-Provence and DeCordova Museum School, paints portraits and landscapes. As owner of Live Event Paintings, she paints from life at wedding receptions, fundraisers and festive occasions. Her live event paintings capture the spirit of a special event in a keepsake that she creates while the event unfolds.

In November 2007, Fitzpatrick painted on location during Emerson Hospital’s gala fundraiser, held at the Boston Park Plaza to benefit the expansion and renovation of the Birthing Center at Emerson. The resulting artwork will be displayed in the newly-renovated Birthing Center.

Jake Dockterman

• Nicholas Carr, formerly of Sunset Road, appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on Thursday, September 25. Carr discussed his new book on technology “The Big Switch.”

• Saxophonist Jake Dockterman of Russell Street will perform a contemporary concerto as soloist with The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, October 25, at 7 p.m. The concerto is the world premiere of “i respiri sospesi for Saxophone and Orchestra” by Peyman Parzinpour. The event, which will open the 2008-2009 Season, is entitled “New Traditions: Celebrating Cultural Diversity” and will feature music by composers from around the world. Jake is a senior at Concord Academy. The concert is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at

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