Graduate Notes

Find out what fellow classmates are doing, and share your own news. Notes received online will be posted in the appropriate class years. Alumnae/i photos also are welcome (for theSimmons magazine); be sure to include the names of all alumnae/i in the photo and class years. 

Graduate Programs

Library and Information Science



Sarah Barton ’14LS was married in September 2016 and is now Sarah Franklin

Note Submitted: October 28, 2016

In Memoriam

Alan Erickson

Alan Erickson, 88, librarian at the Godfrey Lowell Cabot Science Library at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, died March 23 following a brief illness. Erickson served at the Cabot Library from 1966 to 1991. He earned a PhD in biology from Boston University and an MLS from Simmons College.

Note Submitted: June 24, 2016

Barbara Elam

Barbara Elam, who received both an undergraduate and graduate degrees from Simmons passed away on Sunday. She was the only African American to serve as the equivalent of Deborah Froggatt for the Boston Public Schools in the 80s. Barbara Elam was married to the first Black judge appointed in MA, the late Harry Elam, Sr. They both supported libraries and librarians.

Note Submitted: May 11, 2017

Charles W. Robinson

Charles W. Robinson, 88, director of Baltimore County Public Library from 1963 to 1996, died April 8 after a long illness. Robinson was president of the Public Library Association (PLA) in 1985 and chaired its first national conference. In 1997, PLA established an award in his honor to recognize his work as a public library director.

Note Submitted: June 24, 2016

Doris Seale
We plan to write a news item about her. If there is any info you have please share with me. Here is her obituary:
Note Submitted: June 07, 2017

James Levinson
Obituary for a GSLIS alum: The Boston Globe, Monday, August 14, 2017 SHOHER, Jessica Toby 64, of Boston, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Beloved daughter of the late Jeanne (Bornstein) and Harold M. Shoher. Dear niece of Thelma Baker. Sister of Jonathan "Zach" Shoher. Aunt of Angela and Rebecca. She was cherished by, and devoted to, many friends and cousins. Funeral Services at Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., BROOKLINE on Tuesday, August 15 at 9 AM. Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Jewish Family & Children Services, Chaverim Shel Shalom, 1430 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, Hebrew SeniorLife, Volunteer Services Department, 1200 Centre St., Boston, MA 02131, or to UNICEF Syrian Children, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300
Note Submitted: August 15, 2017

Mara Cary
Mara Cary

Mara Lane Cary died in Los Angeles on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the age of 75, after a seven-year battle with metastasized melanoma and breast cancer. 

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY Mara spent her childhood winning horse riding trophies with her three sisters.  After graduating from Vassar College she became a professional actress, working at Arena Stage in Washington DC and Hartford Stage Company where she married Richard Montfort Cary as the Beatles White Album played.  She moved to Nantucket Island in 1970 to raise a family and published two successful books on basket weaving: “Basic Baskets” and “Useful Baskets.” Mara worked in the Nantucket Public School system for years as a librarian and was also the creative force behind many original school plays and puppet shows.  

In her 40s, Mara went back to school earning a Masters in Library Sciences from Simmons College.  She then continued her teaching career at Milton Academy where she was the head librarian and ran the theater program. Read her full story

Note Submitted: February 01, 2016

Marilyn Murphy
Marilyn (Smith) Murphy, 81 years old, passed away during the morning hours of May 27. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mimi graduated from Newton High School in 1953 and Tufts University (summa cum laude) in 1957. She later received her masters degree in Library Science from Simmons College. Mimi was married to George (Nick) Fee Jr., with whom she had 3 daughters, and Gerard (Gerry) Murphy from 1970-1998. Mimi loved birdwatching, reading, gardening, the Boston Lyric opera, the BSO, and immersing herself in the culture and history of New England and the world. After spending most of her life in Newton, she lived in Marlboro from 2002 until her death.
Note Submitted: June 21, 2017

Professional News

Abigail Baines

Abigail Baines ’10LS had a book review in the Journal of Access Services: "Wordpress for Libraries" published by Taylor and Francis.

Note Submitted: October 04, 2016

Addison Lucchi
Addison Lucchi

Submitted April 26, 2017: Addison Lucchi is now a Reference & Instructional Librarian at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina! He is pursuing research in games & learning and will soon begin a certificate in Online Teaching & Learning. He seeks opportunities for collaborative research with other librarians, especially Simmons alumni.

Note Submitted: April 26, 2017