Friday, January 15, 2010
Judith N. Jones
Long-time Carlisle pediatric nurse
Judith N. Jones, 74, of Concord and formerly of Carlisle, died in Concord on December 30 after a nearly four-year battle with Lewy Body disease.
The daughter of Clarence and Marjorie Noyce, Judy was born in New York City on October 5, 1935, and grew up in White Plains, New York, where her father was the guidance counselor in the high school. During the war, the family spent extended periods in Nebraska, Texas and Hawaii, while her father was working with the United Service Organization (USO). Judy loved to recount going barefoot in Hawaii to Punahou School, which President Obama would attend 25 years later. Judy graduated from White Plains High School summa cum laude and was class president and chairman of the yearbook committee.
Judy chose the five-year R.N./B.A. program at Cornell University for college, graduating with both degrees in 1957. She married Gerald Jones in 1958 and lived again for a time in Hawaii while her husband was in the Navy and she worked at Honolulu General Hospital. Afterwards, they moved to Boston for Gerald to attend Harvard Law School. Judy first came to Concord around this time, to work at Concord Academy as a house parent and in the health service for about seven years.
Judith and Gerry were finally able to build a home on North Road in Carlisle and settled there with their family that then included daughters Meredith and Courtney, and later Jennifer, born in 1969. Judy was very involved in activities at the Carlisle School and at the First Religious Society, volunteering for everything from pot-washing to teaching sex education at the church. With limitless energy and enthusiasm, she made many friends locally.
In the 1970s, Judy joined the pediatric practice of Dr. Nancy Hendrie on East Street, where Judy became known for her compassionate, reassuring contact – in person and on the telephone. In the late 70s, Judy not only kept up her pediatric office work, but also went to Northeastern University on nights and weekends to become one of the earliest Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She was the first to be credentialed at Emerson Hospital and was appointed to the staff there in June, 1981.
Judy continued in her pediatric work for over 20 years, retiring in 1994 to her home in Arrowsic, Maine. From there, she pursued her other major interests: gardening and travel, as well as caring for her mother in her waning years. Judy chaired the recycling committee in Arrowsic, another cause she was passionately concerned about. Judy made several trips to China, as well as to Scandinavia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
In Cambodia, she was captivated by the children and by the depth of poverty and needs for medical care and education. With Nancy Hendrie and several others, she helped found The Sharing Foundation at the end of 1997 and Adopt Cambodia, a licensed adoption agency, which functioned until adoption from Cambodia was closed in 2001. On the board of The Sharing Foundation, Judy worked hard to ensure the model care of several hundred children at Roteang Orphanage and the education of hundreds of local farm kids, as well as the provision of clean water, immunizations and medical care.
Judy is survived by Phillip Noyce of Lowell, her treasured brother and companion on many travels; her three daughters, Meredith Campbell of Golden, Colorado; Courtney Fraser and her husband Jeffrey Fraser of Concord; and Jennifer Leone and her husband Paul Leone of Lancaster; as well as five grandchildren.
A memorial service for Judy will be held on January 30 at 2 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Carlisle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Endowment Fund of The Sharing Foundation in Judy’s name to help ensure that vital medical and orphanage care can continue indefinitely. www.sharingfoundation.org P.O. Box 600, Concord, MA 01742. ∆
• Liam McNeill of Munroe Hill Road will be performing in the Quannapowitt Player’s production of Dial “M” for Murder. The show runs from January 22 through February 6 at Quannapowitt Playhouse, located at 55 Hopkins Street in Reading. Tickets are $18 for adults and $17 for seniors and students. To reserve tickets, call the theater’s ticket hotline at 1-781-942-2212 or visit http://www.qptheater.com/boxoffice.asp.
• William Scarlett of Partridge Lane recently received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from The College of Wooster in Wooster Ohio. The College of Wooster is an independent liberal arts college, nationally recognized for an innovative curriculum that emphasizes mentored, independent research.
• Katie DeGuglielmo, who grew up on Estabrook Road, now a senior at Tufts University, is volunteering for young children in Jumpstart, a non-profit organization dedicated to early childhood education. She is a Team Leader, volunteering 300 hours this school year in a low-income preschool in Somerville, supervising 13 fellow Tufts students in their service to children. They are helping to ensure that children in the Greater Boston area receive the critical early education resources they need to succeed in school and in life.
• Cameron Reid and Stefanie Malis will perform in the premiere of the Young Actors Winter Festival at Turtle Lane Playhouse, January 21 to 23 at 7:30 p.m. Showcasing the talent of young actors is the focus of this festival. The Turtle Lane Playhouse is located at 283 Melrose Street in Auburndale. Tickets for the Festival are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-617-244-0169 or go to Turtle Lane’s website at www.turtlelane.org.
Carlisle students on high school honor rolls
• Three Carlisle students at Minuteman Regional Technical High School were on the first quarter honor roll. Earning High Honors were senior Christopher Duffy and sophomore Anthony Perugini. Earning Honors was senior Irene Karafotias.
• Lawrence Academy congratulates Carlisle students who earned academic honors for the fall trimester. High Honors were awarded to seniors Katherine Boudreau and Michael Hernandez and ninth grader Lily Jewell. Honors went to junior Jackson Forelli and ninth grader Katherine Melvin.
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