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Carrie Richardson, former Globe West columnist

Posted by David Dahl, Regional Editor July 21, 2008 09:41 PM

Carrie Izard Richardson once wrote that her columns in the Globe allowed her to be "a surveyor of the west suburban landscape," mapping a terrain where issues that drive national conversations jockeyed for space with the commonplace.

carrie.jpgCarrie Richardson
Those dispatches from a cluttered desk in her Waltham home also formed an autobiography in chapters of fewer than 800 words. Using anecdotes from her roles as a mother and a daughter, a wife and a writer, she examined triumphs and setbacks - the giddy joy and the numbing grief of her life in the 1990s.

Of the challenges and endless wonders that came with raising her two daughters, she wrote in 1994: "How could I possibly have fantasized the level of emotion that would spring from the first step, the first loose tooth, the first report card, the first crush on a boy, the first tentative questions about life or the first favor asked of me that I can never grant: 'Mom, when you die, will you become a star so I can wish on you and make you alive again?' "

Mrs. Richardson, whose columns appeared in the Globe's West Weekly edition for several years and who more recently was assistant director of public and media relations at Bentley College, died July 10 in Newton-Wellesley Hospital. She was 52 and was diagnosed with a brain tumor about seven months ago.

With her husband, David, she bought a house in Waltham 21 years ago. As with many young couples starting a family, they envisioned that first home as a stepping stone to more affluent suburbs. Instead, she found a community that nourished her family's life and her writer's imagination.

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1 comments so far...
  1. Thank you for your remembrance of Carrie. I worked with her at the software company, and remember her happiness when she married Dave and had her first child. I looked forward to reading her columns in West weekly - I always admired her spirit. My condolences to Dave and family.

    Posted by Joan Entwistle July 22, 08 11:02 AM
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