WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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a pioneering role in the noise suppression and control field. For three decades Miller worked to quiet aircraft, industrial facilities, and con- cert halls. Ed Kerwin, a former Weston resident who's also deceased, earned his doctorate at MIT before making a career of providing acous- tical and noise control consulting services to the U.S. Air Force and Navy while helping to quiet airplanes, surface ships, and submarines. Wood, like Miller and Kerwin were, is an alumnus of Cambridge's world-famous company Bolt, Beranek and Newman where he worked beast of intrusive sound. Having set out on a lifelong mission to quiet things down, Wood can fairly be called one of the deans of American noise control engineering. And if he has not been entirely successful in quieting the unruly beast, it's not for lack of trying. While his name or that of his Cambridge company, Acentech, may not be familiar to you, facilities managers at many local schools and other institutions know it well. Buildings in Weston that have received acoustical consulting services from Acentech include Weston Public Library, Weston Middle School, Country and Field Schools, and Weston High School. In Wellesley, the Wellesley Free Library, Fiske School, Schofield School, and Wellesley Country Club are former clients. And at Wellesley College, Pendleton Hall, the Science Center, the Margaret Clapp Library, and Houghton Chapel have also benefited from Acentech's services. Many local homes are quieter places as the result of an Acentech consult, as well. Wood has had good company in his field from other Wellesley and Weston residents, including Laymon Miller, now deceased, who played left: Wood's firm undertook an acoustical survey of Houghton Chapel, a land- mark on the Wellesley Campus, that led to enhanced sound quality within the chapel's interior; top right: Eric Wood; bottom right: Controlling noise from the commuter train is always a challenge ( L E F T & B O T T O M R I G H T ) C O U R T E S Y O F A C E N T E C H , I N C , ; ( T O P R I G H T ) P E T E R G O L D E N 76 A Little Quiet, Please! W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7

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