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

Kathryn Woodward

July 6, 2016: Greetings from Vancouver. Have lived in B.C. since 1969 with my husband, Jim. We have 2 children & 3 grandchildren. We met in the Peace Corps. I went back to school to become a x-ray tech, and later joined Jim doing research and planning in non-profit housing and homelessness. We are now retired.

Note Submitted: July 06, 2016

Martha Pease Cooper

As of July 7, 2016: Martha Pease Cooper wrote the following: My news continues to be about the same. Our 4 daughters and families continue to gather at the usual holidays. We have 7 grandchildren and they all enjoy getting together with their cousins. Ages range from 11 to 19. Bill and I enjoy going to our Maine cottage in the summer and travel about once or twice a year. A small ship trip is planned for the fall. Sadly, my mother died in late May at the young age of 104.75. (My brother added the .75.) She was a Simmons Alum also. Hope all is fine with you and classmates. Sad to hear about Barbara McGaw Gracki.

Note Submitted: July 08, 2016


In Memoriam

Carol Woolf

Submitted March 19, 2017: Barry Gersh, husband of Naomi Wolin Gersh passed away on March 13 in Delray Beach Florida. Naomi's address is 8486 Hawks Gully Ave, Delray Beach Fl 33446. Our class sends deepest sympathy to Naomi and her family.

Note Submitted: March 19, 2017

Catching Up

Delray Beach Florida Reunion
Carol Woolf

Submitted March 19, 2017: Class of '61 mini reunion in Delray Beach Florida on March 10. Good to be with our Simmons friends again!

Note Submitted: March 19, 2017


Catching Up

Nancy Carliner Portnoy

June 26, 2016: Just returned from Israel where my grandson Daniel was Bar Mitzvah. His older brother Jackson finished his first year at Ithaca College. Am in Long Island for the summer, but will be returning to Florida for the winter.

Note Submitted: June 26, 2016


In Memoriam

Dianne Chirls

October 1, 2016 - Dianne Chirls (nee Kofman) graduated in the Class of 1958, where she volunteered as editor of the Simmons News student newspaper. She served as president of the Simmons Club of NJ, and president of the Class of ‘58, and was awarded the Alumni Service Award. Dianne married the love of her life and best friend Dr. Allen Chirls in 1960. Dianne volunteered with the National Council of Jewish Women, where she served as president of the Maplewood Division for NCJW/Essex County Section, then as president of the Essex County Section, the group’s largest, eventually rising to National Board Member. Dianne was a charter member of the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women. For her years of devoted community involvement, NCJW honored Dianne with the Hannah G. Solomon Award. Dianne shared as much time as she could with the “lights of her life,” grandchildren Julia, Allix and Isabelle Chirls. Daughter Andrea, son Stuart and daughter-in-law Pam “helped me at every turn.”

Note Submitted: October 01, 2016


Catching Up

Barbara Hamlet

May 2, 2016: Barbara Hamlet has had many homes since Simmons -- ten places in the U.S. plus 7 years in The Netherlands and 3 in England. She and her husband are now enjoying life at The Landings on Skidaway Island in Savannah, GA, where they have become very active in both the island and city communities.

Note Submitted: February 29, 2016


Submitted April 3, 2017: Looking forward to our 60th reunion. Bob and I have just returned from a great trip to the Galapagos where we enjoyed being around giant tortoises, large iguanas, blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies, sea turtles, sea lions, seals, and many other birds, fish, and a variety of creepy crawlers. These islands are basically large lava fields that host unique and abundant creatures. truly educational and wondrous.

Note Submitted: April 03, 2017

Class of 1957
Peg Russell

July 30, 2016: Thinking ahead to our 60th Reunion next year and my 60th wedding anniversary in August, 2016, I came across this picture of some of my '57 classmates lined up on the stone wall outside the church at my wedding. Can you name them all? I did, I think!

Note Submitted: July 30, 2016

Peg Russell

July 28, 2016: SAVE THE DATE June 2-4, 2017 Our 60th Reunion!!

Note Submitted: July 28, 2016