Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Good job

Nancy Dewey Simpson ’51Nancy Dewey Simpson ’51, a paralegal in the estate planning practice area of Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron, celebrated her 85th birthday on Oct. 31, 2014. She takes great pride that she is still on the job and active after all these years. She has worked at the firm for more than 39 years (and attends Pilates classes with her husband, Alec, twice a week). Simpson graduated from Wheaton with a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in economics and history. In February 1975, she received a certificate in attorney assistant training-probate administration from the UCLA School of Law Extension Program. She specializes in probate and trust administration. She also prepares federal estate tax returns, gift tax returns, and accountings for estates and conservatorships. Nancy works full time and when asked why she doesn’t retire and enjoy more traveling with her husband, who has been retired for more than 20 years, she says: “Working at Palmieri Tyler keeps me active. I love the mental challenge, especially working with numbers and difficult accountings.”

A second chance

Wheaton alum helps save stranded sea turtles

Leslie Boerner Neville ’87 In mid-November, when the ocean temperature in Massachusetts dropped and cold-stunned sea turtles began to wash up on Cape Cod Bay’s beaches, veterinarian Leslie Boerner Neville ’87 jumped into action to help save them.

Volunteering with the turtle rescue team of Massachusetts Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, she shared her expertise and lent a hand, as did her undergraduate advisor, Wheaton College Professor Emerita of Biology Barbara Brennessel. [Read more...]

A family tree grows in Norton

Wheaton College ArchivesMany families have long legacies at Wheaton, with graduates from across the generations. For the Knight and Sirois family, however, their unique family history at Wheaton extends farther than most. Their ancestry of graduates goes all the way back to the earliest days of the college, and most amazingly, continues on today.

Last fall, Elizabeth Sirois ’18, and her mother, Deborah Grant Sirois, paid a visit to the archives in the Madeleine Clark Wallace Library to comb through photos and documents and discover some of their family history at the college. [Read more...]

The beat of her own drum

Natalie Shelton ’05It’s not every day that one gets to perform on stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall, especially if you are not a professional musician.

But that day recently came for Natalie Shelton ’05. She got to play the timpani, a giant classical drum, during a performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Her performance was part of a new Boston Symphony Orchestra program in which amateur musicians from various professions are selected through an application process, brought together, provided brief rehearsal time, and then given a chance to play in front of a live audience. [Read more...]