Passing of Nursing Faculty Member

December 15, 2014

A message from President Helen Drinan

BOSTON (December 15, 2014) — Too soon I write again with the sad notice of the passing of one of our respected faculty members.

Susan Neary, beloved faculty member in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, died peacefully at home on December 8. Sue taught in the Nursing program for over 30 years. Since 2007, she directed the Doctorate in Nursing Practice Program. Sue was well loved by thousands of nursing students whom she taught and mentored over the years.

Sue started her career as an English teacher after having graduated from Emmanuel College with a BA in English. She then went on to complete her BSN from St Louis University and her MSN from Simmons in 1980. She earned her PhD in Nursing from Boston College in 1997-- all while teaching full-time at Simmons!

Sue loved teaching at Simmons and was particularly moved by the loving and expert care she received from many of her students during her 12 and 1/2 year illness. Sue touched and influenced so many of these students who are now nurse practitioners and leaders in nursing. Many of these students attribute their success to Sue!

In recent years, Sue spoke often of the pride our alumni had because of their exceptional nursing education. She loved caring for patients-- most of whom were frail elders and their family caregivers who were some of the most vulnerable and voiceless in society

Sue also worked as an adult and geriatric nurse practitioner at Beth Israel Home Care, Neponset Health Center, and the New England Baptist Hospital. She was a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and on the board of directors of the Walpole VNA.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and SNHS will honor her legacy to Simmons and nursing in the future.