Anne E. Coghlan, renowned biomedical ethicist and life-long resident of Milton, died in her Fuller Village home, Monday, June 11, 2012. She was the daughter of the late William and Alice (Blake) Coghlan. After graduating from Simmons College in 1948, Dr. Coghlan received a Master of Education in 1953 from Boston University, a Master of Science in 1957 from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. in 1965 from the University of Rhode Island. Anne returned to her alma mater, Simmons College, to teach where she remained for 35 years as Professor of Biology, Chair of the Biology Department and Dean of Sciences. When Dr. Coghlan retired in 1993, Simmons College established the Anne Coghlan Fund for Student Research in her honor. In 1998, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Simmons College. The following year at its Centennial, Simmons College recognized Dr. Coghlan as one of the ten outstanding teachers of the century. Dr. Coghlan epitomized civic commitment through her continuous service to the Town of Milton and its school system. A Town Meeting Member from 1972 to 1998, Anne served as the first woman Chair of the Warrant Committee. Dr. Coghlan also served as Chair of both the High School Science Study & Building Committee and the Library Study Committee. The Town of Milton honored Dr. Coghlan by naming her Town Club Citizen of the Year in 1992 and by naming the high school science wing for her in 1996. She received the Outstanding Graduate Award from Milton High School. Dr. Coghlan was former Chair of the Board of Directors of Milton Hospital and Chair of its Ethics Committee. She was awarded the Milton Hospital Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2005. Anne was a Board Member of the Milton Visiting Nurses Association where she also chaired the Ethics Committee. Dr. Coghlan also served as President of the Milton Foundation for Education and Trustee of the Cunningham Foundation and Park. Anne was a former Trustee of Fontbonne Academy and Regis College and also a member of the Board of Directors of Milton Fuller Housing Corporation from 1997 to the present. Dr. Coghlan is survived by many dear friends and will be greatly missed. Interment will be private. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 26 at 5 p.m. at Fuller Village, 1372 Brush Hill Road, Milton. Contributions in Dr. Coghlans name may be made to the Milton Foundation for Education, P.O. Box 223, Milton, MA 02186 or to the Anne Coghlan Fund for Student Research at Simmons College, c/o Development Office, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115. For information and online register book, www.dolanfuneral.com
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on June 16, 2012