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James W. Schlesinger


1931 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
James W. Schlesinger Obituary
James W. Schlesinger, beloved husband of Laura, died peacefully on December 27, 2015 after a long illness. He was deeply loved by his daughters, Sarah, Jessica, Rebekah and Judith, admired by his sons-in-law, Matthew Battles and Eric Rosenthal, and adored by his six grandchildren, Elias, Adam, Judith, Oliver, Henry and Esli. Bill was born in Salina, Kansas in 1931, and grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas (pop.12,000). In 1949, he arrived in Cambridge, MA as a freshman at MIT. During his junior year (1952), three momentous events took place in his life: In January, he met his future wife, Laura. In June, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. In September, he and Laura were married and shortly thereafter moved to El Paso, TX where he was stationed. In 1954, he was discharged from the Army and entered a PhD program in mathematics at MIT. After earning his doctorate, he became a professor of mathematics at Tufts University, where he taught until he retired in 2000. Bill was a dedicated citizen of Brookline, where he served as a long-time member of Town Meeting and a member of the Brookline School Committee for 18 years. A devoted husband and father, he drove the family every summer to visit his parents in Enid, Oklahoma, often by exploratory routes--one time via New Orleans, another time through California, and even once by way of Banff and Jasper, Canada! These trips included visits to almost all of the National Parks, where the family created wonderful memories of hiking and camping. For the past twenty years, he has enjoyed spending summers in West Tisbury, on Marthas Vineyard, where he loved to cycle the bike paths and shop at local farm stands. An open house in his memory will be held from 1-6pm on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his home in Brookline, 215 Clark Rd. If you would like to make a donation in his name, please do so in a way that is most meaningful to you.
Published in The Brookline Tab from Dec. 30, 2015 to Jan. 7, 2016
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