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


Catching Up


Submitted October 17, 2016: Enjoying retirement after a fulfilling career in financial services. John and I are fortunate to have two granddaughters ( ages 7 and 5) living nearby so we spend as much time as possible with them. Our 15 month old grandson is in Nevada so we see him less frequently but make good use of FaceTime to stay connected. We have been doing lots of traveling in the last few years and plan to continue our travel adventures as long as we have the stamina to enjoy it.

Note Submitted: October 17, 2016

Theresa Strait Davis
I am now a 3+ year bone marrow transplant survivor! I am considered a "cure" since there are no cancer cells in my blood, nor is there any chromosomal defects that indicate that I could relapse. Of course my blood also carries the XY indicator for sex since my donor is a male. I never knew i 1975 when I was a staff nurse at Boston Children's that the work we were doing on the research unit would someday affect my life so profoundly. Looking forward to our 45th reunion. Who would have thought we would be out of college for so long?
Note Submitted: June 22, 2017


Professional News

Judith Tavano
Judith Tavano

February 1, 2016: Judith Tavano of the University of Arkansas Global Campus was named the Human Resource Professional of the Year for 2015 by the Northwest Arkansas Human Resources Association.

Note Submitted: January 28, 2016

Wendy L MIller

October 5, 2016 - In 2016, Oxford University Press released Wendy Miller's book, Sky Above Clouds: Finding our way through creativity, aging and illness, written with her late husband Gene Cohen, a pioneering psychiatrist and researcher on creative aging. The book, both manual and memoir, shares a story from the intersection of medical science and life's meaning - of love and family, life and death, and the healing power of creativity through illness and adversity

Note Submitted: October 05, 2016


In Memoriam

Linda Carlin

Submitted June 21, 2017: Linda passed into the Lord’s loving embrace on May 29th, 2017. Born Linda Diane Teja, in the summer of 1948, in Putnam, Connecticut, Linda was raised by her loving parents Mary and Margus Teja, with her siblings Louise, Ted, and Elaine. In 1970 Linda obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Simmons College in Boston Massachusetts, and had since been an active member of their alumni association. After graduating college, Linda moved to California with her then husband, Steven Carlin. Here she birthed and raised her two elder sons, Peter and Dan Carlin. Later in life, Linda found great love in her partner of 25 years, Alex Maas. They settled in Ocean Beach where Linda had her third son, Erroll Maas. Linda became an active member of the Ocean Beach Community. Linda was always a woman of great generosity and compassion. All throughout her life, she shared her exuberant joy and love of life with those around her.

Note Submitted: June 21, 2017

Professional News

Ellen Ritz

May 2, 2016: Ellen Ritz's name was added to Town of North Hempstead Women’s Roll of Honor: http://www.theislandnow.com/williston_park/news/ellen-ritz-named-to-women-s-roll-of-honor/article_2f825e16-f1d3-11e5-af35-f3a94acd1060.html#user-comment-area

Note Submitted: July 27, 2016


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