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Wilson Flight

The Board of Trustees of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund mourns the loss of Wilson Flight, past Trustee and distinguished educator who touched the lives of many students during his 31-year career as a member of the science department at the Concord Middle School (1973-1978) and the Concord-Carlisle High School (1978-2004).

During his tenure at CCHS, he taught physical science, chemistry, physics and most notably, earth science, a class he introduced during his first year at the high school. By the time he retired from full-time teaching in 2004, the earth science program he had introduced had grown to 12 classes and was one of the most popular courses at CCHS. Mr. Flight firmly believed that the best way for students to learn geology and environmental science was to get on site and directly view and experience the subject matter being studied. To that end, he led students on field trips to the Canadian Rockies, the American Southwest, Iceland, Africa, and Japan, and more locally, to every corner of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. For many years Mr. Flight also co-owned and operated the Down East Outdoor Education School, a non-profit venture based in Maine that provided educational trips during the summer for high school students. These trips provided a comprehensive understanding of the geology, history, and archaeology of the area.

In 1992, Mr. Flight was a Finalist for the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, and he was recognized by the Geological Society of America as one of the Outstanding Earth Science Educators in the United States. In 1993, he received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Award in the Teaching of Science. In 1995, he received Northeastern University's Distinguished Graduate Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Tandy Award for the Innovative Use of Technology in the classroom, and he was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most creative minds in education in America.

In the 2001-2002 school year, Wilson became a Trustee of the Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund and served in that position until his retirement from teaching in 2004.  That year, a Wilson Flight Scholarship Fund, endowed by The George and Roberta Berry Supporting Organization, was established in Wilson’s honor to recognize his years of dedication to his students, inspirational teaching, and educational innovation in the field of earth science education.  

CCSF joins the community in expressing our condolences to Wilson’s family. Visiting hours at the Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street, Concord Center will be held on Wednesday, October 9th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 3 PM in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord Center. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. John Lombard, Senior Minister.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Concord Carlisle Scholarship Fund (The Wilson Flight Scholarship Fund) [mailing address: CCSF, 34 Walden Street, Unit 217, Concord, MA 01742] or to Town of Concord (The New Ambulance Equipment Fund) [mailing address: Town of Concord, 22 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742].