Graduate Notes

Find out what fellow classmates are doing, and share your own news. Notes received online will be posted in the appropriate class years. Alumnae/i photos also are welcome (for theSimmons magazine); be sure to include the names of all alumnae/i in the photo and class years. 

Graduate Programs

Library and Information Science

In Memoriam

Barbara Elam

Barbara Elam, who received both an undergraduate and graduate degrees from Simmons passed away on Sunday. She was the only African American to serve as the equivalent of Deborah Froggatt for the Boston Public Schools in the 80s. Barbara Elam was married to the first Black judge appointed in MA, the late Harry Elam, Sr. They both supported libraries and librarians.

Note Submitted: May 11, 2017

Billy Beal
Billy C. Beal '77LS was posthumously inducted into the Meridian Community College Hall of Fame on February 12 in the MCC Riley Workforce Center. Beal's portrait will be ultimately hung in the Dulaney Room with fellow honorees.
Note Submitted: February 28, 2018

Doris Seale

Doris Seale has passed away. Here is her obituary:

Note Submitted: June 07, 2017

James Levinson
Obituary for a GSLIS alum: The Boston Globe, Monday, August 14, 2017 SHOHER, Jessica Toby 64, of Boston, on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Beloved daughter of the late Jeanne (Bornstein) and Harold M. Shoher. Dear niece of Thelma Baker. Sister of Jonathan "Zach" Shoher. Aunt of Angela and Rebecca. She was cherished by, and devoted to, many friends and cousins. Funeral Services at Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., BROOKLINE on Tuesday, August 15 at 9 AM. Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Jewish Family & Children Services, Chaverim Shel Shalom, 1430 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Rabbi's Discretionary Fund, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, Hebrew SeniorLife, Volunteer Services Department, 1200 Centre St., Boston, MA 02131, or to UNICEF Syrian Children, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300
Note Submitted: August 15, 2017

Marilyn Murphy
Marilyn (Smith) Murphy, 81 years old, passed away during the morning hours of May 27. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mimi graduated from Newton High School in 1953 and Tufts University (summa cum laude) in 1957. She later received her masters degree in Library Science from Simmons. Mimi was married to George (Nick) Fee Jr., with whom she had 3 daughters, and Gerard (Gerry) Murphy from 1970-1998. Mimi loved birdwatching, reading, gardening, the Boston Lyric opera, the BSO, and immersing herself in the culture and history of New England and the world. After spending most of her life in Newton, she lived in Marlboro from 2002 until her death.
Note Submitted: August 20, 2018

Sherry Wilding-White
My mother, Sherry Wilding-White, passed away on April 15 2018. Would you please include this information in the class notes/obituaries? Regards, Hindi Durant
Note Submitted: April 22, 2018

Professional News

Addison Lucchi
Addison Lucchi

Submitted April 26, 2017: Addison Lucchi is now a Reference & Instructional Librarian at Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina! He is pursuing research in games & learning and will soon begin a certificate in Online Teaching & Learning. He seeks opportunities for collaborative research with other librarians, especially Simmons alumni.

Note Submitted: April 26, 2017

Alex Lent
On Wednesday, May 24, Alex Lent ’11LS became the 103rd President of the Massachusetts Library Association. He is the first graduate of SLIS West to be elected to this position.
Note Submitted: June 06, 2017

Amanda Merk
Amanda Merk ’01LS is now the Executive Director of the Norman Williams Public Library in Chester, VT.
Note Submitted: September 05, 2017

Anna Byrne
Anna Byrne ’02LS was appointed Hingham Public Library’s assistant director. Byrne has served as technology services librarian and children’s librarian in her 15 years with Hingham Public Library.
Note Submitted: November 09, 2017