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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: https://www.nny360.com/news/obituaries/barbara-schwartz/article_fe8f4771-cd9e-579f-bf91-29fa3ef029ec.html

Posted on December 2, 2019 in In Memoriam

Rosalyn Steinberg Halperin

Undergraduate
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

Elsie H. Swirsky

Undergraduate
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

Eleanor Pope Ammen

School of Library and Information Sciences
Class of 1969

Eleanor Pope Ammen, 90, passed away on August 5, 2019. Here is the obituary: https://www.capecodtimes.com/obituaries/20190814/eleanor-pope-ammen-90

Posted on September 18, 2019 in In Memoriam

Barbara Miller Burns

Undergraduate
Class of 1957

With great sadness, her family shares the passing of Barbara Miller Burns of Palo Alto, Ca, formerly of New Canaan, Ct, on February 13, 2019. Barbara is remembered as a loving mother and wife, energetic volunteer in countless community causes, and a generous spirit who loved helping others. She was born on September 17, 1935, in Ashland, Wisconsin, the first child of Alvina Sarazen and Roland Miller, and sister to Robert (Bobby) Miller. She grew up enjoying time on the lakes of Wisconsin and at her family’s maple sugar farm. Barbara headed east for her bachelor’s degree at Simmons College, Boston, where she studied retail. After her junior year, Barbara spent a summer in Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, waitressing at the Coonamessett Inn. It was here she met John J. Burns, Jr., of Belmont, Mass., her husband of 58 years. The couple married in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, in 1958. Barbara worked as a buyer for Bloomingdale’s, and John began his finance career at Goldman Sachs. While living in New York, they began raising their family of five children, before relocating to New Canaan, CT in 1979. A true lover of people, Barbara thrived on connecting with others. She could turn a trip to the grocery store into a social event, and relished the close ties formed in New Canaan’s small town atmosphere. Barbara could often be found at the New Canaan Winter Club, the New Canaan Country School, playing tennis or golf at the Country Club of New Canaan, or volunteering for a local organization. Barbara’s charitable and volunteer commitments were numerous. She sat on the Board of the Waveny Care Center and the New Canaan Community Foundation, and was a dedicated supported of the New Canaan Library and NCCS. She helped establish the annual “Swinging for Seniors” golf event that benefited Waveny Care Center. She was a parent’s committee member at The Taft School, Trinity College, and Boston College. In 2003, she and John joined several other residents in founding Elm Street Books, to ensure the town always enjoyed an independent bookstore. A member of the New Canaan Garden Club, Barbara was also an avid duplicate bridge player and skiier. Barbara found her spiritual home at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, where she and John faithfully attended weekly mass. For years she taught after school CCD classes to first graders and was both a volunteer and served on the advisory board of Catholic Family Services. She was a Dame of Malta and visited Lourdes and Jerusalem on pilgrimage. During the summers, Barbara and John spent time in Cape Cod, returning to the places that brought them together. They loved to travel abroad, and in later years enjoyed regular trips to visit their children in California, and spent winter months in Naples, Fl. After John’s death in 2017, Barbara relocated to Palo Alto, Ca to be closer to family. She spent the twilight of her life in a sunny clime surrounded by children and grandchildren, and continued to play bridge, enjoy fine dining, friends, and new experiences. Her final moments were peaceful and shared with family. Barbara is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John J. Burns, Jr., and her brother, Robert Miller, of Mauston, Wisconsin. She is dearly missed by her children, John J. Burns III, Christine Bent (Steve), Gregory Burns, Timothy Burns (Rachel), and Jennifer Burns (Nicholas Cizek), and seven grandchildren: Blake, Chase, Brooke, Rose, Leah, Iris, and Anton. A wake will be held Friday, March 1, at Hoyt’s Funeral Home, New Canaan, from 5-8pm, and a funeral mass will be held at St. Aloysius, Saturday, March 2, at 11am. Memorial donations may be sent in Barbara’s memory to the New Canaan Community Foundation.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Ruth Resh Rosenbaum

Undergraduate
Class of 1959

Ruth Resh Rosenbaum, Social Science '59, passed away at the end of February, 2018, just two weeks after receiving a diagnosis of Stage 4 uterine cancer. Ruth was a devoted President of the Palo Alto/Peninsula Simmons Club for over ten years during the first decade of the Millenium.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Michaela Kaminski Hancock

Undergraduate
Class of 1971

It is with great sadness I share with my Simmons community that Michaela (Mikie) passed away in early March. She had been diagnosed with leukemia last year. She will be missed by her many family and friends. Judy Hefner, Elaine Swingle, Charlotte Brooks and I have been in touch with her this year as she battled this disease. I was pleased to delivery a eulogy at her funeral service in Potomac MD on March 16. I will get a recent picture from her daughter Julia to submit.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Phyllis Brown

Undergraduate
Class of 1954

Phyllis Brown, BS 1954 passed away December 13th, 2018. She had a long and productive career with the Visiting Nurse Association in several areas of the US and at the national level.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Constance Covell Freeman

School of Social Work
Class of 1946

Constance Covell Freeman died April 6, 2019 in Chapel Hill, NC. She graduated with an MSW about 1945.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam

Esther Margolis Raphael

Undergraduate
Class of 1959

We are heartbroken to announce that Esther Margolis Raphael passed away after a valiant fight lasting over 5 years with two or three bouts of lung cancer. For many years she was an outstanding kindergarten teacher, a loving mother and beloved by and devoted to her husband Mark Raphael, in Encino, CA. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

Posted on May 22, 2019 in In Memoriam