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Henry J. Halko
  • In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Henry J Halko and Jane Curtin Halko '45 Scholarship c/o Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, Ma. 02115

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Dr. Halko was by far my favorite professor at Simmons college. I had the unique pleasure of having very small classes with him in my senior year (only 3 of us in one class).
My claim to fame was just after he and Jane married. They planned to honeymoon in London but Jane needed to remain at the College for a short time beyond their planned departure. Henry went on ahead without her and coincidently I arrived in London

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Posted by: Jane Klein - Boynton Beach, FL   Dec 23, 2019

I was an education and psychology major while at Simmons but was lucky enough to take a class with Professor Halko. He made the material come alive and was such a memorable teacher. Once you knew him, he would always be there for you to talk about any subject. He was a true mentor and embodied why Simmons was such a wonderful school to attend.


Posted by: Michelle Shuster - Haverhill, MA - Student   Oct 12, 2017

I attended Simmons College graduating in 1964. I never had Hank Halko for a course but enjoyed his lectures to my freshman class.


Posted by: Miriam (Mimi) Allen Black Black - Winchester, MA - Student   Oct 11, 2017

My great grandmother Sophie was Henry's sister. I grew up in Stafford, but my parents brought me to Chestnut Hill to visit Uncle Henry and Aunt Jane a few times as a child. I will never forget a visit when I was about eight years old. He took us around the freedom trail and gave me an immersive day of Boston history. We finished up the day at the children's museum, where he climbed through all of the exhibits with

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Posted by: Erin Webb - Watertown, MA - Family   Oct 02, 2017

I remember Mr. Halko fondly as a wonderful teacher who clearly had a passion for history. Thank you for sharing that passion with your students and we few history majors.


Posted by: Jane DiPaolo Kontoff - ID - Student   Oct 01, 2017

I hadn't seen Uncle Henry for a few years but I remember when I spent a few of my childhood Summers at my Grandmother Halko's house in Webster, Massachusetts. My mother, his sister and my father lived in Stafford Springs, Ct...about 30 miles from Webster and we would go there often to visit. Uncle Henry always called me "Beverlinka" He played the piano for me and also taught me a few songs, too. I had happy childhood memories from those

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Posted by: Beverly Evanoff - Vero Beach, FL - Family   Oct 01, 2017

Loved taking his American History course in 1964 to 1965 as a sophomore. Although a social science concentrator, I often say I was a "history minor" having taken many more history courses after taking his. In the summer of 1967, Professor Halko met a group of us 4 students in London who were participating in Simmons internships arranged by the government department. I recall he was doing research on the "Boston massacre". Such fun! One of the three "H" giants of the history department at that time: Halko, Hawthorne and Hunter! Thank you Simmons.


Posted by: Laura Monin - Moraga, CA - Student   Sep 29, 2017

I was a student at Simmons College 1969-1970, having thereafter transferred and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. Henry Halko was the singular influence in my academic career: he taught with brilliance, passion, gusto and profund respect for his students. Years later, while on a business trip to Boston, he was kind enough to both remember me, and make time to have dinner with me, and we had a delightful dinner which touched on all issues of the day, large and

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Posted by: Nancy Ledy-Gurren - New York, NY   Sep 29, 2017

It was my absolute pleasure to have known and been taught by Professor Halko. Despite being a science major, he remains in my heart as a gifted, energetic teacher who made the field of American and Boston history come alive! He was one of my favorite teachers while at Simmons.


Posted by: Donna Ferlito-Brown , 83' - Derry, NH - Student   Sep 29, 2017

I was Simmons class of 1991 and had the pleasure of having "Halko Henry" teach at least two of my classes, Colonial Boston and Tudor Stuart England. He was very knowledgeable on both subjects and made each lecture a lot fun. To this day, I am very interested in both subjects. Professor Halko was a man who I felt lucky to have met, may his memory be blessing to his family.


Posted by: Diane Marget - Needham, MA - student   Sep 29, 2017