CAROLYN HOUSE SIMMONS

October 17, 1940 - May 9, 2018
CAROLYN HOUSE SIMMONS

Carolyn House Simmons passed away peacefully in her home in Wilmington on May 9, 2018 at the age of 77.

Carolyn was born in Manchester, CT in 1940, and was known as “Happy” to her family. She attended Wellesley College where she received a B.A. in English. She earned a Masters and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She was a Professor of Psychology at Howard University and at the University of Colorado at Denver, where she won numerous teaching awards and served as associate dean. While in Denver, she served on the boards of the Piton Foundation and Graland Country Day School. In 1990, she moved to Wilmington, where she was the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her scholarly work included studies of child psychology, cross-cultural psychology, theories of justice, and altruism. She was very active in the Wilmington area, serving on a number of charitable boards in the community after her retirement from the university. She enjoyed needlepoint, gardening, reading, scrapbooking and international travel. Above all, she was devoted to her family.

Carolyn married Roger Simmons in 1962 and the couple had two sons, Clif and Ric. She is survived by her two sons and their wives Karen Simmons and Angie Lloyd, as well as her five grandchildren: Parker, Cyrus, Aquila, Zeke, and Skylar; and her brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Rita House, and sister and brother-in-law Betsey House and Jerry Eubank.

All friends and family are invited to stop by Carolyn’s home on Sunday, May 27th between 1-4 for an informal remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to Wellesley College or the University of North Carolina Wilmington Psychology Department, in loving memory of Carolyn, would be greatly appreciated.

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  • May 20, 2018
    Larry Honeycutt says:
    TO THE FAMILY, THOUGH SADDENED FOR YOUR LOSS, CAROLYN'S LEGACY WILL LIVE FOREVER.. HER IMPACT WAS ENORMOUS AS SHE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES THROUGHOUT HER CAREER IN EDUCATION. REST IN PEACE, CAROLYN..

  • May 20, 2018
    Michael Bradley, Professor Emeritus, Psychology Department says:
    Will be out of town on the 27th but wanted to tell you how delightful it was working with Carolyn during her tenure at UNCW. She was straightforward but kind and respectful. I will treasure the memory of my retirement party at her home.I will miss her.

  • May 20, 2018
    Virginia W Adams says:
    I am grateful for Carolyn's focus on social justice, quick wit and integrity. She was one of the first colleagues to welcome me to UNCW in 1994. Her authentic care will be missed. I wish her family comfort and peace.

  • May 23, 2018
    Stella & Denis Carter says:
    Stella and I are saddened by Carolyn's passing and express our condolences to her family. She was a genuine friend who cared greatly for those less fortunate. While we have many memories of her, those that we most cherish are her generosity to the charities that she supported in Wilmington, her "behind the scene" assistance to the many UNCW students that were having academic or personal difficulties, and the loving stories she shared about her children and grandchildren. May she rest in eternal peace.

  • May 23, 2018
    Eleanor Krassen Covan says:
    Those of us privileged to work with Carolyn are saddened by her death. Her contribution to UNCW and the community at large was great as she cared tremendously about the well-being of all and because she was a visionary. Perhaps because she studied psychology. Carolyn was both a good listener and a strong leader. I was thankful years ago when she provided resources to create an interdisciplinary gerontology curriculum planning committee and we took the first step to build an award winning program. I doubt that gerontology programs would exist on our campus today had she not taken this and other subsequent steps. May Carolyn's family and friends now be comforted by treasured memories and thus may Carolyn's life continue to be a blessing.