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Nancy T. Lindbloom Simmons ’39

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Nancy T. Lindbloom Simmons ’39, November 19, 2010, at home in Wenatchee, Washington. Nancy was the daughter of Swedish immigrants who settled in Portland. She earned a BA from Reed in sociology, then worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a stenographer and migratory labor social worker. She was commissioned in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1943, where she served as personnel officer for the supervisor of shipbuilding in Portland. She married John Simmons, a Royal Navy supply officer, in 1944; the couple lived in London after the war and returned to the U.S. in 1948. Nancy earned a teacher's certificate from Northern Idaho Junior College and taught history, social studies, and special education at junior high schools in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Tacoma, Washington, before retiring in 1979. In retirement, she traveled with John, and was a community volunteer for organizations such as St. Clare Hospital, the Washington State Historical Museum, the Children's Orthopedic Guild, and the AAUW. She enjoyed reading, and playing golf and bridge. In 2004, she and John moved to Wenatchee to be closer to family. Survivors include her husband, three daughters, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2011

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