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

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

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

Susan Biederman

Submitted January 6, 2018: Susan Howard Biederman reports the following: We sold our house in upstate NY, and our main residence is now in Florida. It was wrenching to part with a house we had owned and loved for 47 years—and to leave NY—but the time had come to put away the tractor and our gardening. We love living in Palm Beach, except in the summer and hurricane season! We’ll head to Boulder, CO, during those months to be near our daughter and fast-growing up grandchildren—and where our Las Vegas based son can visit easily. We’ll also make long visits to our old stomping grounds in NY. A dear friend from Simmons days, Diane Cogen Volk, winters in nearby West Palm Beach and Barry and I see her and husband, Ken, often. Through the Palm Beach Simmons Club I’ve met a number of former classmates and members of other classes, in particular, Gladys Rosenthal, ‘45. The group holds interesting events and keeps us up to date on developments at our alma mater.

Note Submitted: January 06, 2018

Susan Payne

Submitted January 9, 2018:  Susan Frantz Payne reports: 55th (reunion)! Sure was a different “time” when we attended Simmons. I retired on June 1, 2017, after 15 rewarding years, from the Roxbury Land Trust where I was Director of Development and then Executive Director. I’ve had a fine career here in Washington, CT: previous to RLT: 15+ years at the Institute for American Indian Studies where I was Executive Director when I retired. 10 years at the New Milford Hospital Foundation. Was a founding family of the Litchfield Montessori School in the 1970’s.. Also worked a few years as consultant for the American Montessori Society. Was Board member at the Steep Rock Association Land Trust and the Weantinogue Heritage Land Trust during these years. Land preservation has been a primary focus for me. I continue as a volunteer on the Boards of the Washington Scholarship Fund, the Lake Waramaug Association and the Washington Club. I worked on a capital campaign for the Susan B Anthony Project, sexual assault & domestic violence agency, joined the Board for 6 years and now serve on its Advisory Council. I’m also chairperson of Washington’s Conservation Commission and was the first chair in 1976 of the Town’s Historic District Commission. Spent 3 years in Hong Kong in the mid1980’s. Married for 54 years, two children and five grandchildren!

Note Submitted: January 09, 2018