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William S. Simmons

September 10, 1938 June 2, 2018
William S. Simmons
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Obituary for William S. Simmons

William S. Simmons of Providence,79, passed away on June 2 after a battle with cancer.

Bill was born in Providence on September 10, 1938 to William and Lena (Roberts) Simmons. He attended Classical High School and Brown University and earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. He was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley for 30 years and at Brown University for the past 20 years. He was a Trustee of the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Providence Public Library and has been the City of Providence Archaeologist since 2014. From 2003-2011 he served as First Vice President of the Providence Branch of the NAACP.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Simmons, his daughters Riva Mullins and Kaia Simmons, his grandsons Shane and Kai Mullins, and his brother Robert Simmons.

Visitation is scheduled for Friday, June 8 from 5-8 pm at Monahan Drabble Sherman, 230 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906. The memorial and funeral will take place on Saturday, June 9 at 1pm at Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hope Hospice, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI 02904.

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