Chelmsford High School Alumni Association
LUCY E. SIMONIAN
Awarding Criteria: Will be awarded to a deserving graduate of CHS who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program pursuing a career in nursing
Devoted, dedicated, and determined are words that only begin to describe Lucy E. Simonian. Though not as a graduate of Chelmsford High School, Lucy’s connection with CHS began in 1963 when she married George Simonian, now Principal Emeritus of CHS and Executive Director of the CHSAA, and continued throughout the remainder of her life. She was devoted not only to her husband, but also to their children: Lucy, Kirk, and Elisa, all three of whom are graduates of CHS. It was her family that was a source of such tremendous pride as she basked in the glow of their numerous successes; many to which she had contributed from behind the scenes. Her unwavering support was ever-present not only for her family, but also for any who knew her as a friend.
In 1967 when the Simonian family made Chelmsford their home, Lucy began her involvement in the Chelmsford community; one to which she remained dedicated for nearly forty years. For many of those years she worked for the town as a checker at Town Meetings as well as a precinct worker for all elections. It was, nevertheless, her most recent role as administrative assistant to the CHSAA for which she will be most fondly remembered. Since 1991 Lucy’s attention to the countless details that helped to guarantee the successful development of the CHSAA will be difficult to exceed. From the time of its original publication, the impeccable quality of the alumni newsletter, Lion’s Pride, was much to the credit of Lucy’s consistent dedication.
Regardless of the task, it was the fact that Lucy was determined to see things through to successful completion that was perhaps the hallmark of her life story. Lucy’s values, along with her resolute faith, were examples for all whose lives she touched.
At the 2006 CHSAA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the Golden Lion Award, one which is given to “individuals and organizations who have continually made significant contributions and offered considerable support to Chelmsford High School and its students,” was aptly renamed in Lucy’s honor.
It was in November 2005 that Lucy succumbed to Mantle Cell Lymphoma. During the final months of her illness, the outstanding care that was provided by both home health care services and the nurses in the hospitals in which she was treated did much to lend comfort and support to Lucy as well as her family as they struggled with the effects of the disease. Perhaps above all, it was the tremendous compassion those nurses demonstrated that touched Lucy the most and for which she was exceedingly grateful.
It is with this in mind that this scholarship is given to a CHS graduate who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in the field of Nursing. Though the recipient may not have had the privilege of knowing Lucy, it is hoped that something of the devotion, dedication, and determination that she epitomized might be exemplified through his/her life and work.