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Friday, March 13, 2009


Karen Rigg

A cherished member of her extended family

Karen (Talbird) Rigg, 69, of South Street, died on February 26, 2009 after a long struggle with cancer.

She was the beloved wife of Frank C. Rigg and the treasured mother of Jenny Rigg Donohue of Upper Montclair, New Jersey. In addition to her husband and daughter, she leaves behind a loving granddaughter, Lily Karen Donohue, grandson, Ryan Michael Donohue and son-in-law, Barry M. Donohue.

Born in Macon, Georgia on August 31, 1939, Karen was the daughter of the late Albert and Esther (Andersen) Talbird. She graduated from Macon’s Miller High School and went on to receive a bachelor of arts in English from Duke University in 1961. In 1963 she graduated with a masters degree in English and American Literature from Stanford University. In 1978 she received a Ph.D. of Education in Leadership Administration, Training and Policy Studies from Boston University.

From 1969 until 1975, she was employed at Boston University as Director of Residence Life and Associate Director of Student Academic Support Services. From 1977 until 1989, she was the Dean of Students at Middlesex Community College in Bedford. From 1989 until her retirement in 2003, Karen was the Dean of Students and then Vice President of Student Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston.

Karen served on the National Board of NASPA, the national organization for Student Affairs administrators in higher education, which recognized her contributions to the field with its highest honor as a “Pillar of the Profession.”

A Carlisle resident since 1978, she was a member of the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church. She also served on the Board of the Carlisle Council on Aging, was a member of the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee, had participated on the Town Personnel Committee, and was a founder of the town’s Extended Day Program.

Karen’s family was her great love. Her devotion, enthusiasm, warmth, and sense of humor brought them much joy. She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and niece. During her leisure time, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends, as well as doing yoga, jogging, painting and traveling.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. at The First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church, 27 School Street, Carlisle.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sharing Foundation, P.O. Box 600, Concord, MA, 01742 ( Gifts may also be made to the Karen T. Rigg Shining Torch scholarship at Northeastern University at 360 Huntington Avenue, 374 Dodge Hall, Boston, MA 02115. For more information on this scholarship, please contact Jim Madigan at 1-617-373-8872.

Arrangements are under the care of the Dee Funeral Home of Concord. Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee, Funeral Directors, For online guest book, please visit ∆

Chess Teams successful in State Championship


The Carlisle School K–3 Chess Team, left to right are: Andrew Gao, Matthew Li, Steve Li and Anthony Gao. (Courtesy photo)

The Carlisle School Chess Club entered two teams in the 2008 Hurvitz Cup/Massachusetts State Scholastic Team Chess Championship, which was held March 1 at the Sage School in Foxborough. The event was held in four divisions and drew more than 50 teams from public and private schools all over Massachusetts. Building on last year’s success, the K–3 team (Andrew Gao, Anthony Gao, Matthew Li and Steve Li) played masterfully and took second place in the primary school division. The K–6 team (Namita Chandra, Ryan West, Changming Xu and Rholee Xu) also performed well, finishing seventh out of 18 teams in its division. The K–3 trophy is to be displayed near the Carlisle School library.

Margaret Skelly of Berry Corner Road will be running in the 113th Boston Marathon to save lives as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Team.

Skelly, with Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and from other countries, will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston with the goal of raising $4.85 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber.

By raising a minimum of $3,000 each to receive an invitational entry to this prestigious race, Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners are helping to fund the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber in Boston.

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge or to support a runner, go online to or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at 1-617-632-1970 or

Gregory Martini of Baldwin Road, a junior at Bentley University, has been named to the President’s List for the fall semester.

Rachel Pauplis of Estabrook Road, a sophomore at Cornell University, made the Dean’s List for the fall semester.

• Middlesex Community College has announced students named to the Dean’s List: Ryan Davis of Woodland Road, Meaghan Levey of Autumn Lane, Andrew Saphier of Bellows Hill Road and Corinne Spitzer of Litchfield Drive.

Tim Charvat (center) and his father Chris Charvat receive a letter of commendation from a resort manager in Jamaica. (Courtesy photo)

• Carlisle residents Tim and Chris Charvat of Carleton Road received a letter of commendation from the Hotel Manager at Half Moon Resort in Rose Hall, Jamaica. During the February school break while on holiday in Jamaica, the Charvat men rescued a woman who dislocated her shoulder when her kayak capsized at sea. The Resort Manager, pictured here, noted in her letter that the Charvats’ humanitarian effort had not gone unnoticed by the Jamaican community.

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