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Medallion Award Honors Lasell Community Members

Kyo Yamawaki H'93 and the family of the late alum Dennis Simmonds '08 Recognized

Kyo Yamawaki H'93

Kyo Yamawaki H'93, a 2016 Medallion recipient, is a former Lasell Overseer and generous supporter of the College. With her late husband, Minoru, she made a lead gift to fund the restoration of Carter Hall which became the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, a campus landmark. A Tokyo, Japan resident and children's book author, Kyo Yamawaki funded Lasell's Kyo Yamawaki Education Library, which offers collections of children's literature and aids for educators. She worked in the past with the College to send Japanese students from the Yamawaki Gakuen Junior College to study at Lasell and also has generously hosted Lasell faculty and staff on visits to Japan, all in the spirit of intercultural understanding. She now serves as chairperson of the Yamawaki Gakuen Junior and Senior High School. A member of the Heritage Society and a 1993 honorary degree recipient, Kyo Yamawaki's steadfast commitment to Lasell College has made itself felt across decades, across campus and across oceans.

The Family of Dennis "DJ" Simmonds '08, recipients of a 2016 Medallion, established the Dennis "DJ" Simmonds '08 Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2015 to honor the memory of the late Lasell alum, a beloved, award-winning member of the Boston Police Department. Simmonds was involved in the manhunt and shootout that followed the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He died one year later. The Fund provides scholarship aid to Lasell Criminal Justice majors. In 2015, four students each received a $2,500 award. The family also created the Dennis "DJ" Simmonds '08 Endowed Scholarship Fund and is actively fundraising to reach the $50,000 mark within five years. Five runners in the 2016 Boston Marathon helped raise $30,000 for the Endowed Scholarship. The Simmonds family remains committed to honoring DJ's memory as a way to "continue his vision and commitment to the Boston community."

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