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Click here for a recent list of alumnae/i whose deaths have been reported to us. To notify us of a death or to post a remembrance, please use the Class Notes form.

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Barbara Schwartz

School of Business
Class of 1985

Barbara Schwartz entered into rest on October 12 at the age of 79. She is survived by her two loving daughters, Susan M. Schwartz of East Aurora, NY and Ellen Schwartz of Syracuse, NY. She received her MBA at Simmons in 1985. Upon graduation, she worked for Michael Dukakis’ Presidential campaign. Barbara had a successful career as a budget analyst for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Full obituary here:

Posted on December 2, 2019 in In Memoriam

Hayley Morse Koch

Class of 2013

Hayley Morse Koch Class of 2013 married James Koch in Hyannis Port on June 15, 2019. They recently relocated from Washington, D.C. and currently reside in Boston.

Posted on December 2, 2019 in Marriages

Mary Ritter Bast

Class of 1960

I have been living in Gainesville, FL since 2000, retired this year from Enneagram coaching, still editing a literary review and active in local fine arts. I would love to hear news of suite-mates Marylea Peters, Peggy Powell, Judy Hadden.

Posted on December 2, 2019 in Catching Up

Paula H. Noe

Class of 1967

After a delicious and marvelous 6 year adventure living in Italy and northern California (near 2 of my sons and their beautiful families), I have moved back to the Boston area, and am happy to be 'home'. I would love to catch up with my Simmons friends and look forward to this next chapter.....I now live at 160 Boylston Street, #2242, Chestnut Hill 02467, and my email address is [email protected] now live near 3 of my 6 'grands', see them often and consider myself very fortunate to be happy and healthy, as I hope you are, too...I retired from the practice of Collaborative Family Law in 2013, and must say that retirement continues to be pretty fabulous.....take care....p

Posted on December 2, 2019 in Catching Up

Rosalyn Steinberg Halperin

Class of 1951

Rosalyn Steinberg Halperin passed away September 13, 1991, in Lower Gwynedd, PA. She was proud to be a Simmons graduate and will be greatly missed, but not forgotten, by her family and friends.

Posted on December 2, 2019 in In Memoriam

Eugenia Sikalis Patterson

Class of 1950

Would love to hear from all Class of 1950 alumnae!

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Catching Up

Elsie H. Swirsky

Class of 1954

My mother, Elsie Swirsky, '54 passed away at her home in Longmeadow, Massachusetts on April 13, surrounded by her family. She was a truly wonderful human being and my best friend, and will be missed greatly.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in In Memoriam

Barbara Passero

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 1975

Dear Simmons SLIS Family and Friends, "Saving the Earth in your backyard? As you know, for the past five years my business partner, Jean Devine (MBA '85), and I have been empowering youth to make a positive contribution to the environment and their futures, by immersing them in nature and teaching them how to create pollinator-friendly, native-plant gardens and meadows that help to restore biodiversity and mitigate the impact of global warming in their communities. So far, with the help of volunteers and college students, we have touched the lives of 300 youth, age 5 - 21, who in turn, have created more than 5,000 sq. ft. of healthy habitats for bees, butterflies, insects, worms, birds and other wildlife. Since 2017, high school students enrolled in our Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP) have had the opportunity to earn a paycheck while they learn how to make native-plant gardens and how to run a business where they sell and install native plants for customers — residential, business and public entities — in their towns. This summer we are offering YEEP in four communities — Belmont, Cambridge, Newton and Waltham. While we are close to securing the funding for the high school students — through each city’s summer youth works budgets — we need to fundraise for all other expenses, including pay for college student mentors. So…we are launching our first-ever, very-ambitious, crowdfunding campaign. Would you be able to contribute toward our cause? Any amount is welcome! Here is a link to our campaign: If you have any questions, please ask. Thank you! Barbara Barbara Passero Founder/Director Jean devine Co-Creator/Program Leader Meadowscaping for Biodiversity (MS4B) Meadow Clubs & Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Programs (YEEP) 174 Moody St. #244 Waltham, MA 02453 [email protected] 617-947-6256 [email protected] 781-209-0052 Healing the Earth — through education — one meadow at a time.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Community Engagement

Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW

School of Social Work
Class of 1991

Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW has been awarded the Silver Nautilus Award ("Better Books for a Better World") for her most recent book: Wisdom, Attachment and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice (Routledge, 2018). She continues to practice and write in Portland, Oregon. Susan will be presenting a workshop at the Council in Social Work Leadership Conference in Denver this October, 2019. You can find her at She would love to hear from you!

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Awards and Recognition

Sarah Pratt

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2012

Sarah Pratt graduated from SLIS in 2012 with my MLIS in Library Science/Archives Management. Pratt will begin teaching as Assistant Professor at Simmons SLIS in Fall 2019.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Career Milestones