Fran Froehlich To Receive Honorary Degree from Simmons College


[Boston, MA] —During Simmons’s Commencement ceremony on May 10, 2013 at 2 PM, Simmons College Board of Trustees Chair Lauren Brisky and President Helen G. Drinan will award Fran Froehlich an honorary Doctorate in Public Service degree.

Fran Froehlich is Co-founder and director of the Boston-based group Community Works; a portfolio of over 30 social justice organizations addressing issues ranging from hunger and homelessness to healthcare and civil rights.

Fran Froehlich has been a consistent and tenacious voice for social justice for well over 30 years. She has been an educator, an administrator, an organizer, a fundraiser and an outspoken advocate for social change since the mid-60′s.

Fran was born and raised in Brooklyn, and received her B. A. in Biology from St. Mary of the WoodsCollege in Indiana in 1964. She was a member of the Sisters of Providence from 1964 to 1986, and during that time taught elementary and junior high school as well as completing an M. A. in Humanities at ManhattanvilleCollege.

In the mid 70′s Fran came to Boston as the Director of Religious Education at St. Jerome’s Parish in Arlington. While there, she met Kip Tiernan  founder of Rosie’s Place. In 1980 they co-founded The Poor People’s United Fund, creating a team that endured for well over 35 years. They went on to cofound Community Works in 1982. Fran became the Interim Director during 1993 and 1994 and in 1999 she became the Director. From 1988 to 1990 Kip and Fran were fellows at the Bunting Institute at RadcliffeCollege and from 1993 through 2002 they taught a class in Ethical and Moral Principles and Social Policy at UMASS, Boston.

Fran has been the recipient of numerous awards for community service and social justice and has served on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations including Medford Community Housing and Tri-CAP in Malden. Today, Fran continues to serve as Director of Community Works, is Co-Director of the Poor People’s United Fund and is a founding member of the Ethical Policy Project.

ABOUT Simmons College:

Founded in 1899, SimmonsCollege ( is a nationally ranked university located in the heart of Boston with a history of visionary thinking, a focus on leadership development, and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, as well as the nation’s first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter@SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.

One thought on “Fran Froehlich To Receive Honorary Degree from Simmons College

  1. […] I’ve supported for many years (see here, and here). When I first met these folks,  Kip and Fran, dinosaurs roamed the earth and their professional home was paying tens of thousands of dollars […]


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