MARY H. SIMMONS

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MARY HELEN SIMMONS "May"  
Computer Systems Administrator  

Died Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at her home is SW Washington. Born February 6, 1923 in Baltimore, MD, the first child of Captain Joseph Stephen Simmons (USN; USMS) and Mary Isabelle Pilarski Simmons, she graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame in 1941 and briefly attended Notre Dame of Maryland College.
 
Entering the work force in 1942 (after a summer with NYA) in Baltimore at the Social Security Board she worked as a file clerk, control clerk, accounting clerk, correspondent, claims examiner, and wage adjudicator before becoming one of the first computer-analysts/programmers at Social Security in 1955. She received Group Superior Service Award for converting the Social Security records system to electronic data processing and initiated work on OCR systems.
 
Following a brief tour with the US Navy Tactical Data System in San Diego working on electronic warfare systems on ships, she resumed work for the Office of the Secretary (Comptroller), DHEW, designing and implementing a centralized payroll system for DHEW employees world-wide. She moved to Washington, DC in 1964.
 
Her work career ended with the DC Metropolitan Police Department from which she retired in December 1980 as Chief of Computer Operations where she managed the computer installation of the Washington Area Law Enforcement System (WALES). In retirement she served as volunteer tutor with DC Operation Rescue; in the Smithsonian's American History library; and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Anacostia. She was active in the Business and Professional Women's Pendulum Chapter; NARFE Chapter 2052; and the Capitol Park Towers Tenants Association.
 
Surviving are a special nephew Stephen J. Buski of Washington, DC; and two sisters, Catherine Buski of Norfolk, VA and Helen Lucaszczyk of Glen Burnie, MD. Her sister Margaret Zahner predeceased her.
 
She enjoyed reading (especially mysteries), British crime dramas, theatre, films, opera, libraries, gardens, restaurants, and clothes.
Miss Simmons requested private services and no flowers. The family may be contacted at sjbuski@yahoo.com.


Published in The Washington Post on June 9, 2013
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