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LESSELL, Simmons, MD 82, of Lexington, died May 9th, 2016. He was the son of Bernard B. Lessell and Augusta Lessell. Simmons grew up in Brooklyn, NY, knowing from an early age that he wanted to be a physician. While a student at Amherst College ('54), he met his future wife, Irma Miller. After earning his medical degree at Cornell Medical School he embarked on an illustrious career in Neuro-opthalmology, including serving for many years as the Director of Neuro-Opthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He was a gifted teacher to his many fellows and residents, a dedicated caregiver to his patients and a brilliant clinician. After 59 wonderful years of marriage, Irma died in 2014. Simmons lost the love of his life, best friend and favorite fishing companion. He will be missed greatly by his sons, Miller, Newell, and Ephraim; by his sister, Florence Jaffe; by his grandchildren, Etai and Omer Lavie, and Griffin and Fiona Lessell; and by his daughter-in-law, Maggie Aikenhead and Miller's partner Leonie Shoulian.

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Published in The Boston Globe on May 15, 2016
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