Undergraduate Notes

Find out what fellow classmates are doing, and share your own news. Notes received online will be posted in the appropriate class years. Photos of alumnae/i are also welcome; please be sure to include the names of all alumnae/i in the photo along with class years.

Undergraduate Years


In Memoriam

Judith Block
Judith Block

Judith (Matisoff) Block of Niskayuna, NY (Simmons Class of 1967, B.A. in English and Education), died after a heroic five-year battle with esophageal cancer on August 9, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Eric Block, and the loving mother of David Block (Susan Kaplan) and Melinda (Laz) Block (Dr. Peter Laz) as well as grandmother of Benjamin Kaplan-Block, Welcome Kaplan-Block and Maya Laz. Read more.

Note Submitted: September 18, 2015


In Memoriam

Barbara Gracki

June 9, 2016: Carolyn Hale shares: "We are sad to report that one of our classmates, Barbara McGaw Gracki, passed away last November."

Note Submitted: June 09, 2016

October 3, 2016: We were recently informed that Carol Arrick-Wells of Framingham, MA passed away on October 10, 2008. She is survived by three children, three grandchildren and her sister.
Note Submitted: October 03, 2016

October 3, 2016: We were recently informed that Barbara Brodlieb of New York passed away on October 28, 2013. She is survived by two children, Oliver and Taryn, a grandson, two brothers and four nieces and nephews.
Note Submitted: October 03, 2016

Carolyn Hale

October 3, 2016 - Marilyn Bowden Campbell passed away recently on September 3, 2016, in the company of her family, after an extended illness. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth, a daughter and a son and their families.

Note Submitted: October 03, 2016

Catching Up

Alice Martin Roberts
As of July 21, 2016: My biggest news is that after 11 years of marriage, my daughter, Michelle, and husband Randy decided to have and in fact are now parents of a daughter, Ramona Alice. I visited them for 2 weeks in Abingdon, MD. and returned to MA on Tuesday, July 19th.
Note Submitted: July 21, 2016

Carol Castleman Pohl

As of July 7, 2016: My husband and I are fine. last June we moved 1.5 miles south to Whitefish Bay. We sold our home of 42 years and now are renters in a new "luxury" apartment. 

 It’s been an adjustment for the past 12 months, but now it does feel like our new home and we are entering a new chapter in our life. We are planning to travel to Australia for the month of October to do a nature tour. We’ve been planning this for ages and it's now or never. Australia is our final continent. Unfortunately, we won't get to see New Zealand or Tasmania, but...slightly over a month is long enough for us to be gone. So sorry to hear about Barbara McGaw. I believe we were in the same dorm freshman year. I visited Simmons in the spring of 2015, and brought all sorts of ephemera which will go into the archives. With downsizing, I felt it was time to part with the tangible memories of my 4 years at Simmons. I met the archivist and it seems that there now is more interest in past events and a good place to store them. We are enjoying summer in Wisconsin. I can indulge my gardening interests with our large patio as well as tending the community herb garden. I'm looking forward to being in Boston for my 50th medical school reunion which should occur fall 2017. Hope to see Simmons again when I am there. Happy summer.

Note Submitted: July 11, 2016


Submitted November 14, 2016: Since 1985 I have been living in Concord, CA, about 30 miles directly east of San Francisco. My four children are now all in their 40's and 50's. My nine grandchildren span ages 10 to 30. Two great-grands live in South Carolina. Life is good. In retirement my husband and I have enjoyed many overseas trips, now our adventures take us to places far and wide in the U.S. I'm thinking of Simmons today with the sad news of the death of Gwen Ifill. She came to Simmons long after me but I have always been proud of that association.

Note Submitted: November 14, 2016

Geraldine Morenski

July 6, 2016: Elaine Patrikas ('63) and I just returned from a fantastic tour of the Canadian Rockies. Already looking ahead to 2017 for another check mark on our bucket list!

Note Submitted: July 06, 2016

Harriet Elam-Thomas
Harriet Elam- Thomas

Submitted August 17, 2016: Harriet Elam-Thomas  Class of 1963 was the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1999-2002.

A Return to the Land of Teranga

Senegal is lovingly referred to by its people as the land of teranga, which means ‘hospitality’ in Wolof, the predominant national language. The Senegalese consider their particular kind of hospitality, warm and familial, to be a way of life and something in which they take significant pride.

During a recent visit to Dakar, I experienced the teranga of old friends and new acquaintances. I was kindly received at The Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDES), where I spoke to a group of enrolled professionals about “Competence and Diversity in Diplomacy.” One of Africa’s first think tanks, CEDES’s mission is to build capacity among African policy makers in diplomacy and international relations in the private and public sectors. This year’s group included many from West African nations, and I was delighted to see a significant number of women participating.

During my presentation, I highlighted the U.S. diplomatic service’s commitment to preparing Foreign Service Officers who are competent in navigating historical and cultural characteristics during diplomatic negotiations. It is imperative for diplomats to be culturally aware and adaptable to ever-changing environments.

Speaking of ever-changing environments, this presentation took place just two days after Orlando’s tragic event at Pulse nightclub. To me, this shooting sadly illustrated the need for even greater respect and understanding for all in today’s world.

Note Submitted: November 04, 2016