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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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Diane Valle

School of Business
Class of 2002

Diane Valle ’02MBA, an urban horticulturist, is the founder of the Marathon Daffodils, which have been planted along the route of the Boston Marathon every year since the 2013 bombing, as an act of hope and recovery. In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting postponement of the Marathon, the flowers were instead planted in front of hospitals and distributed to healthcare workers, as was reported in The Boston Globe.   

Posted on April 27, 2020 in Community Engagement

Jean B. (Lee) Chin

Undergraduate
Class of 1957

With great sadness, the family of Jean (Lee) Chin shares news of her passing on January 28, 2020. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, she lived in Cambridge, Newton and Needham. She recalled her years at Simmons with fondness and maintained close bonds with her college friends until her last day. She was a pioneer for women, working in the science field right out of Simmons and continuing on to a career in computer science. Jean will be remembered as a sweet, thoughtful and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. The full obituary and photos of her life can be viewed here.

Posted on April 20, 2020 in In Memoriam

Andrea Fiorillo

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2010

Andrea Fiorillo ’10MS was appointed Head of Research and Reader Services for the Reading Public Library. Find out more from the Daily Times Chronicle.

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Career Milestones

Sarah Gunther

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2015

Sarah Gunther ’15MS has supported the US Patent and Trademark Office for the past four years as a member of their Paperwork Reduction Act team. For the last seven months, she has worked with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop their Controlled Unclassified Information program.

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Career Milestones

Robert Malme

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2013

Hingham Historical Society archivist Robert Malme ’13MS presented “Transportation in Hingham: A Century of Change” on January 26 at the Hingham Heritage Museum. The talk was part of the seven-part “Waves of Change” lecture series. Find out more from Wicked Local Hingham.  

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Publications/Exhibitions

Christina S. McGowan

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 1994

Christina S. McGowan ’94MS was appointed dean of the library and university librarian of Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT effective January 1, 2019. Learn more from the CT Post.  

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Career Milestones

Lindsey Weeramuni

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 2017

Lindsey Weeramuni ’17MS published a paper, “How to Fight Fair Use Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: The Experience of One Open Educational Resource” in the Journal in Copyright and Education Librarianship, March 2019.

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Publications/Exhibitions

Kendall Wiggin

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 1975

Kendall Wiggin ’75MS the Connecticut State Librarian, gave a talk at the Darien Library on his unique perspective on the important role of libraries in a changing world in October 2019. Wiggin was appointed State Librarian in October 1998, becoming the 10th State Librarian in the 150-year history of the Connecticut State Library. An interview with Wiggin was posted on the Journal Inquirer in December 2019. Find out more Hamlet Hub and the Journal Inquirer.  

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Publications/Exhibitions

Mark Contois

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 1989

Framingham Public Library director Mark Contois ’89MS plans to retire. Find out more from the Framingham Source.

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Career Milestones

Kayla Canty

School of Nursing
Class of 2018

I completed the new grad residency program at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, NC this past November 2019. I am currently working as a Clinical Nurse II in the pediatric float pool at Duke University Hospital!

Posted on April 20, 2020 in Career Milestones