Andrew Saxe

Andrew Saxe moved to Dorchester in 2008 with his partner, Dean Vollick. They live in Melville Park.

He is currently the Industry General Manager for the State & Local Government Group of Computer Sciences Corporation.

Mr. Saxe is a graduate of Harvard College in History, magna cum laude. He also graduated from Harvard Law School.  He has been active in several historic associations, including a term as Trustee of the Vermont Historical Society, and as a member of Historic New England. He served on the Somerset Club's House Committee, the group responsible for the maintenance and renovation of the Club's home, the Sears Mansion on Beacon Street.

Mr. Saxe is best known in Dorchester for the series of lectures he has given on the Dorchester''s historic architecture.  Since his move here from the South End he is taken well over 10,000 photographs of the extant houses in town.

Bill Loesch

Bill Loesch has lived at 85 Brent Street for 33 years, where he raised his four adult children, Chris, Melanie, Cynthia and Cathy . He has been active in improvements to the former Wainwright Park, renamed the Dr. Loesch Family Park, in 2012, with $1 million dollars worth of renovations. He is also active with Codman Square Neighborhood Council and is a board member of Boston State Hospital Citizen Advisory Committee (appointed by the State Senator) overseeing development of 500 new homes being built there.

His maternal ancestor, was Captain John Kendrick, who with Captain Robert Gray captained the ship Columbia, in 1787-1794, the first American ship to establish the China Trade route. The expedition also discovered the Columbia River, so Lewis and Clark could begin their exploring.

Desmond Rohan

Desmond Rohan, a lifelong Boston resident, moved to Dorchester’s “Polish Triangle” in 2004. He currently resides in Columbia - Savin Hill section of Dorchester. He became of board member to the historical society in 2015.

He is currently a Director with John Hancock Investments with oversight of their expense management for 200+ products. He has previous financial services experience with State Street and Deutsche Bank.

Mr. Rohan is a graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He also graduated from Boston College Master’s program and holds his MBA.  He is active in several Dorchester civic associations and is currently Treasurer to the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association. He is past board member for both John McCormack Civic Association and the Roger Clap Innovation School both located within the Polish Triangle of Dorchester.

Earl Taylor, President

Earl Taylor has been the President of the Dorchester Historical Society since 2002. He earned his Master's degree in Library Science from Simmons College and served as a rare book cataloger at the Boston Public Library and later at the American Antiquarian Society. In 1983 he became the Assistant Library of the John Carter Brown Library, then Director of Library Systems at Boston College. In 1987 he became self-employed in the mortgage industry.

He is a collector of all items relating to the history of Dorchester, including post cards, maps, pewter, pottery, books and photographs. In 2005 his book on Dorchester post cards was published by Arcadia. He has been a Dorchester resident since 1979. He is an avid collector of books about Dorchester and Dorchester maps and artifacts. In addition to articles in the field of bibliography, he has published a book of Dorchester postcards of the early 20th century. Mr. Taylor created and maintains a website www.DorchesterAtheneum.org devoted to the history of Dorchester, and he sends an e-mail every weekday to hundreds of recipients containing the Dorchester Illustration of the Day with a description of the illustration and of its historical context.

Emy Thomas

Emy Thomas

Emy has been a Board Member since 2007. Before that she worked on the collections committee with Larry Davidson. She was inspired to become active in the Society as she grew up in Dorchester and some members of her family previously leased the greenhouses on the Clapp property (before the telephone company building). She now serves as the Collections Chair.

She is a retired Microbiology Supervisor from MetroWest Medical Center. She was active in her professional organizations serving in various positions, presently Archivist. She also volunteers at the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury.

Jeffrey Gonyeau

Jeffrey Gonyeau has been an independent historic preservation consultant since 2013 focusing on preservation planning, community engagement, fundraising, and project management work. In addition to his work with individual clients, in June of 2015 Jeff joined the statewide preservation advocacy organization Preservation Massachusetts as its Preservation Circuit Rider for Eastern Massachusetts. From 2001 to 2013 Jeff worked in various capacities at the non-profit preservation organization Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI), where he served as Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, and as Acting Executive Director; in 2007 he was named Senior Program Manager for HBI’s Historic Neighborhood Centers Program.

A graduate of Hamilton College, Jeff has master's degrees from Smith College and New York University. He has taken real estate development and finance classes at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, MIT’s Center for Real Estate, and Boston University; in 2015 he completed Historic New England’s Program in New England Studies. Jeff serves on the board of directors of St. Mark’s Area Main Streets and the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and is a member of the Vestry of the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont. He resides in Dorchester’s Ashmont Hill neighborhood.

 

Joyce Ellis

Joyce Ellis, a Dorchester resident, has lived in a Clapp house adjacent to the Dorchester Historical Society for most of her life. Following a past stint as vice-president, she now serves as a board member. Her childhood was spent with Frank Clapp, the last Clapp to live in the Society's present headquarters. Memories of playing in the 7.2 acres that were part of the Clapp family farm still provide vivid recollections of a magical time.

A graduate of Northeastern University, she has a master's degree in Health Sciences/Public Health. She is now retired from Tufts Medical Center. During her career she was active in the National Registry in Clinical Chemistry. She also served on the Advisory Board of Lasell College's MLT program.

Karen MacNutt, Lt.C. Ret., J.D.

Attorney MacNutt is a life-long resident of Dorchester. She has a general practice law office in Randolph with a concentration in estate planning and elder law. She was graduated from Girls' Latin School; Univ. of MA; Munson Institute of Maritime History, Ct.; Boston University LawSchool; and the Command and General Staff School, USAR. In additionto the practice oflaw, Attorney MacNutt has been involved in numerouscivic activities including being past president of: the New England Judge Advocate Association; the Girls' LatinSchool/ Boston Latin Academy Association and Gun Owner's Action League; past board member on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Inspector General's Council, the Boston Finance Commission, the Massachusetts Trial Lawyers and the Association of the First Corps of Cadets Museum. She was Chief Marshal of the Dorchester Day Parade in 2000 and is still an active member of the Parade Committee. Currently Attorney MacNutt is the Chair of the Boston City Committee for the Repulican Party, a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Dorchester, and a director of AWARE. She is an active public speaker and journalist on topics of both legal and historical interest. She is the legal editor of Women and Guns Magazine, produced a 90 min. documentary on the history of the 26th Infantry Division, and has authored, co-authored or edited a number of books on law, art history, self-defense, and most recently, a cook book of Dorchester recipes called Dot Delights.

Kayla Skillin

Kayla (Zaremski) Skillin is a life-long Dorchester resident and Assistant Archivist at the City of Boston Archives. She began volunteering at the Dorchester Historical Society in 2013 as a part of a project with the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science and has continued on the Collections Committee ever since. In 2015, Kayla was elected to the board of directors. She is active in the Dorchester community, especially with the Dorchester Special Athletes.

Kit Binns

Kit Binns, a Dorchester resident since 1975, has lived in the same house on Jones Hill since 1979, where his three children grew up as genuine Dot Rats. By trade a technical writer in the software industry, Kit has been active in many Dorchester organizations over the years, including the Dorchester Community News, the Uphams Corner Charter School, the Jones Hill Association, the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library, and many local political campaigns. He also tutors BPS students through the 826 Boston Foundation. He holds an A.B. in history from Princeton and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard.

Matt Malloy, Treasurer

Matt Malloy is a resident of Ashmont Hill, where he has restored a 1903 Colonial Revival house.  During the 1930s and ’40s—years of Depression and war—many large single-family homes were divided into two or three apartments.  At 57 Ocean Street Matt has done just the opposite by  transforming the two apartments of a so-called Philadelphia-style duplex have been united as a single dwelling.  And dear to our hearts, the shingled exterior has been stripped of its 1970s aluminum siding and painstakingly restored and embellished.  Matt helped the company ZipCar rise to it success.

Richard O'Mara

Richard O'Mara was born in Boston and graduated from Boston Latin School in 1972 and went on to earn a BS at UMass Amherst in 1977 in Plant and Soil Sciences. He has owned Cedar Grove Gardens, Inc., from 1980 through the present. He is active in many Dorchester organizations include the Dorchester Board of Trade, Lower Mills Merchant Association, the Lower Mills Civic Association and the Dorchester Park Association. He loves history and thinks it can be a road map to current times and the future.

 

 

 

 

Vicki Rugo

Vicki Rugo and her husband, Bob, have lived in the Ashmont Hill neighborhood of Dorchester since 1975, when they purchased their first home, a triple-decker greatly in need of renovation. A graduate of Wellesley College, she worked in marketing and public relations for the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Boston Landmarks Commission, as well as for the planning and design firm Sasaki Associates, Inc.; she recently retired as parish administrator of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Milton.

Active in the Ashmont Hill Association for many years, Vicki currently serves as president of the AHA board and editor of the Ashmont Outlook, the association's monthly newsletter. She helped organize the Codman Square House Tour, which ran from 1997 to 2006, and chairs the DHS committee planning the 2016 Dorchester House Tour, which features Ashmont Hill. She is committed to the preservation of the architectural character and integrity of Dorchester’s distinctive neighborhoods as well as to building a stronger sense of community among its residents.

Additional information