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Friday, January 29, 2010


Barbara Ann Edgar

An Episcopal priest with ties throughout Massachusetts

The Rev. Barbara Edgar, 73, formerly of West Street, an Episcopal priest whose work in ministry extended through parishes in Gloucester, Weston, and Cape Cod, died at her home in Acton on December 24, of metastatic endometrial cancer.

Rev. Edgar made her first step toward the ministry in 1982. While working as a visiting nurse at Emerson Hospital in Concord she volunteered to visit fellow parishioners from Boston’s King’s Chapel at Massachusetts General Hospital. She soon became involved in the hospital’s chaplaincy program, then enrolled in Harvard Divinity School in 1985. After graduating in 1987 she was ordained to the deaconate in 1988. She took her first position, as an assistant in St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Gloucester. In 1989 she was fully ordained at the Church of St. Paul, the Episcopal Cathedral in Boston. After four years in Gloucester she served as interim rector at St. Peter’s Church in Weston. In 1993 she moved to Cape Cod where she served at The Church of the Holy Spirit, in Orleans, St. Christopher’s Church, in Chatham and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, in Barnstable. She retired in 2004, and in 2009 moved to Acton, returning to the area where she had spent much of her life.

Whether she was nursing, teaching, or preaching, Barbara’s work always meant helping others, either physically, intellectually or spiritually. Asked by a friend to name her most marketable asset, Barbara answered, “My curiosity.” Along with music, art and literature, her interests also included politics and the Boston Red Sox. Known for her warm, frank sense of humor, she enjoyed people who possessed what she considered “a lively mind.” She had a tremendous work ethic and was determined to triumph over any obstacle. Her decision to return to college in her late forties and pursue a new career as a minister was just one example of this determination. As the mother of three, she possessed a genuine respect for children, and was always able to bring out their intelligence, humor and opinions. She revered nature, loved animals and relished swimming in the ocean in almost any season.

Barbara Ann Edgar was born in New York City in 1936, the daughter of Allen MacMartin Look and the former Maria Sloan Auchincloss. She graduated from the Chapin School for Girls in New York, and after Bradford Junior College she followed the same career path as her mother and grandmother, receiving her nursing degree from The Columbia School of Nursing. Early in her career she worked at Children’s Hospital in Boston. She also studied how to teach reading to children with learning disabilities and taught at the Carroll School in Lincoln. But she continued to be drawn toward nursing, and accepted a position at Emerson Hospital where she helped establish the visiting nurses office. Her husband, David L. R. Edgar, was a former headmaster of Fenn School in Concord who later became an independent educational consultant. He died in 2001. Her first marriage to Thomas deForest Bull ended in divorce in 1966.

She is survived by her three children, David Bull of Phoenix, Arizona, Maria Bull of Orange and Tom Bull of Acton. She is also survived by four grandchildren and a stepdaughter, Anne Edgar of Concord.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 30, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Rather than send flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Gyn/Onc Research Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yawkey 9064, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114. Please note “Penson/Goodman/BLE” on the donation. ∆


Helen Kierstead

Born and raised in Carlisle

Helen (Otterson) Kierstead, 77, of Groton, formerly of Lowell Street, died on January 21 at home after a lengthy illness. She was the wife of Paul Kierstead who passed away last year. Born in Carlisle on December 29, 1932, she lived here until 2002. She and Paul shared their memories of growing up in Carlisle for the Carlisle Oral History Project in 2003. (See an article by Ellen Miller in the Carlisle Mosquito, November 21, 2003, Click here )

Helen is survived by three children, Jeffrey Kierstead of New Boston, New Hampshire, Timothy Kierstead and Cindy Kliskey of Groton. She leaves behind six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She worked many years as a bookkeeper until retiring in 2002. Her funeral was held in Groton on January 27. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice, Two Shaker Road Suite D225, Shirley, MA 01464. ∆

Carlisle students on Fenn School honor roll

The following students were named to the honor roll at the Fenn School in Concord for the first term:

Steven S. Anton, Academic Honors and Sua Sponte Honors

Griffin R. Bishop, Academic Honors and Sua Sponte Honors

Peter Blunt, Sua Sponte Honors

Ezekiel A. Golnik, Sua Sponte High Honors

Alaric M. Krapf, Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte Honors

Hunter D. Moskowitz, Academic High Honors

Lucas Mundel, Academic High Honors

Miles H. Petrie, Academic High Honors

Parker G. Zimmerman, Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte High Honors

Fenn’s motto, Sua Sponte, means “on one’s own responsibility.” Sua Sponte Honors and High Honors reflect the extent to which a student accepts responsibility for his own learning, based on an assessment of three specific areas: preparation, engagement, and conduct. ∆


CCHS students in All-State ensembles

Each year the Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association (MMEA) holds auditions for the All-State ensembles. Seventeen students were invited from Concord-Carlisle High School to audition on January 23. Twelve students were accepted.

Accepted for Orchestra

Alex Kinmonth - Oboe

Dominic Ryder - Snare Drum

Tommy Veitch - French Horn

Laura Bentley - Bass Clarinet

Sonia Boor - Violin

Mei-Yee Chan - Violin

Accepted for Band

Stephanie Mundel - Tuba

Nitya Rajgopal - Bass Clarinet

Shirley Wang - Alto Saxophone

Accepted for Chorus

Hillary Robbins - Soprano

Zack Cutler - Bass

Bolton Graham - Tenor

These students will represent CCHS at the All-State Music Festival. Being chosen for these ensembles is one of the highest honors for a young musician. The festival is a 3-day event that includes day-long rehearsals and culminates in a gala concert at Symphony Hall on March 20.

(Carlisle students in bold)

Carlislians participate in Bay State Games

Karolyne Shieh of Heald Road won the Gold Medal in the Female Novice-Unrestricted/Well Balanced category in Figure Skating at the 2010 Bay State Winter Games held in the Berkshires the weekend of January 22 to 24. She also participated in the Female Novice Free Skate.

Chloe Vilian of Heald Road competed in figure stating's Female Pre-Juvenile-Restricted/Test Track at the Bay State Games.

Literacy Matters book drive continues

LITERACY MATTERS. Anthony (left) and Sammy Brigiotta collect books at the Transfer Station on Saturday for the Volunteers of America “Literacy Matters” book drive. Books can still be donated at drop boxes at the Carlisle School (outside the main offi ce) or the Post Offi ce (in the room with the P.O. boxes.) (Courtesy photo)

The Literacy Matters book drive needs books and periodicals for boys 12+ and girls 18+ in the following categories: science fiction, drama, non-fiction, biographies, nature, history, poetry and graphic novels. Books can be dropped at the Carlisle School (outside the main office) or at the Post Office (in the room with the P.O. boxes). For more information or to schedule a pickup please email Patricia Brigiotta at or call 1-978-505-2370

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