Selectmen have announced that the next recipient of the Westport Island Boston Post cane, for oldest current resident, will be Morton Mendeswho is 96 years old.
Morton and her twin sister Faye were born in 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. Right after have graduated from high school as valedictorian, deadon joined the Army and was stationed in Austria. After his release, he enrwent to Case Western University, where he earned his Phi Beta Kappa key. He then enrolled at Harvard and graduated with the honor of being named a Baker Scholar. Remarkable in his career was his appointment as president of Tenna Company. They made original equipment for automakers in Detroit, and held the original patent for electricity automotive antennas.
After he and his wife Patti had been in Maine for years, they decided to retire to Westport Island in Coral Gables, Florida in 1979. They loved Westport and got involved in local organizations. Morton was treasurer of the Chocolate Church Art Center and a board member of Morris Farm. He was one of the first founders of Westport Island Recreation Committee eat organized programs to honor the elderly of Westport. He fondly remembers dancing with Adeline Tarbox, who was in the middle–80 years at the time.
When Westport Island was threatened with Itinerary 1 bypassesMorton brought together friends and neighbors to form the Friends of the Littoral Preservation. Result – there, there is no circumvention!
When a coAl-Firritated plant was planned for the chief of the island, Morton once again brought together this group and others oppose it – and eThere’s no vsokay-Firritated pslow!
Death to his friends, Papa Moose to his large family, Morton has five children, 11 grandchildren and eight great–small children.