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MARK STUART AICHER


1957 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
MARK STUART AICHER Obituary
AICHER, Mark Stuart Died on October 3, 2016 after a brief illness. He was 59. Mark was born in Evanston, Illinois on August 6, 1957, the third of Paul and Joyce Aicher's four children. He spent a happy-go-lucky childhood in Reading, PA and Sharon, MA, enjoying camping, hiking, clambakes, building and then destroying model planes, and creating ingenious contraptions. He later attended high school in Cumberland, RI and Woodstock Country School in Vermont. In high school Mark fell victim to schizophrenia, an illness for which he required care and medication his entire life. After some earlier trial and error with institutions, he found the care he needed in Belmont, MA, first at Hope Appleton House on the McLean Hospital campus, and since 2005 at Wild Acre Belmont. Always a good student, Mark somehow managed not only to finish high school under the trying conditions of his illness, but also to give himself the equivalent of a college education, with a major in oracular utterances. Over the years he fashioned a personality of quiet charisma. His wit and facility with language were legendary among all who spent time with him, and recipients of his notes, letters, and writings treasured their unique style, insight, and spelling. Happiest in a greenhouse, Mark worked hard as a gardener, tending to several plots around town. He liked reading the Bible, Thoreau, Keats, and Wordsworth, and had an abiding interest in Native American lore and artifact. He painted watercolors and built balsa-wood models to the music of Cat Stevens, the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, and other oldies. His favorite haunts included his parents' former house in Pomfret, CT, the Concord River, Harvard Square, Mass Audubon Habitat, and various churches and chapels. He lived almost entirely on coffee, but woe to anyone standing between Mark and a steamed lobster. For their friendship and support of Mark over the years, the family would like to thank friend Pam Rosenblatt, long-time caregivers Mary Gormley and Steve Tracy, current and former staff at Wild Acre Inn's Belmont House, and Drs. Peter Choras and Fernando Rodriguez-Villa at McLean Hospital. The family would also like to thank the nurses of 7D at Brigham and Women's Hospital, as well as the many doctors and aides that cared for him in the two months he spent there. Mark is survived by sister Kate Aicher Slawson of New Jersey, brother Peter Aicher of Maine, niece Sarah and nephews Nicholas, Jesse, Toby, and Ben. His parents Paul and Joyce Aicher predeceased him, as did his younger sister Sarah. A celebration of Mark's life will take place on April 22, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mass Audubon Habitat Center in Belmont, MA. Donations in Mark's memory may go to Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, either online at: http://www.massaudubon.org/memorial-habitat or by check payable to "MAS/Habitat" and addressed to Mark Aicher Memorial Endowment, Mass Audubon, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 12, 2016
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