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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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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 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

Hilary Chen

Class of 2016

Hilary Chen completed an M.S. in Health Informatics from Northeastern in December 2018. Chen is currently Senior Data Repository Specialist at MEDITECH.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Career Milestones, Education

Kim Williams Thipe

Class of 2005

Kim Thipe as been appointed as Non-Executive Director of African Media Entertainment (AME) which is a leading broadcast entertainment group located in Johannesburg, South Africa. With more than 20 years of media and marketing experience, Kim started her career in the broadcasting industry and continued in the marketing industry where she has held various leadership positions. She was most recently, Head of Marketing at South African Airways (SAA) and is a currently a Ph.D student specializing in Social and Digital Media.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Career Milestones

Angela Burke Kunkel

Class of 2000

Angela Burke Kunkel's debut picture book, Digging for Words: The Story of José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built, will be published by Random House/Schwartz & Wade Books in October 2020. Illustrated by Colombian artist Paola Escobar, the book tells the story of a garbage collector in Bogotá known as "Lord of the Books," whose library project began with a single discarded book found on his route, and expanded to provide reading material to over 200 schools, organizations, and libraries across Colombia. Angela would love to reconnect with old classmates. Please find her on Facebook or Twitter @angkunkel.

Posted on September 18, 2019 in Publications/Exhibitions

Jill Heineck

Class of 1993

Jill Cohen Heineck, '93, has been nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2019 Woman of Year - Atlanta, GA campaign, a tremendous honor. Candidates across the country compete in honor of a local boy or girl who is a blood cancer survivor, to raise the most funds for blood cancer research. Heineck, an Associate Broker and founder of Heineck & Company, an affiliate of Keller Williams Realty International, is one of an elite group of community and business leaders who will compete for the titles of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year. The most important reason candidates participate is to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. In addition to being a two-time cancer survivor herself, Heineck’s childhood best friend was diagnosed with leukemia just days after college graduation, fighting hard for four years, ultimately losing her battle. During her own battle, Heineck’s father in law was also fighting non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, shaving their heads and completing chemo treatments together. Heineck first became involved with LLS via the Team in Training running program in 2011 and has raised over $20,000 across several races. As a candidate, Heineck will raise funds for a world without blood cancers during a ten-week period from March 28, 2019 through June 8, 2019. Every dollar she raises will count as one “vote” in her favor. The male and female candidates with the most “votes” will be awarded the titles Man & Woman of the Year at a Grand Finale on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at InterContinental Buckhead. The local winners are then entered into the competition for National Man & Woman of the Year titles. There are many ways you can support Jill Heineck in her quest for a world without blood cancers. Reach out to Jill at to see how you or your company can support her campaign. #

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Awards and Recognition