December 29, 2016
Beloved NCARB volunteer Mary “Teeny” Simmons passed away on December 21. As the former executive director of the Louisiana Board of Architectural Examiners, Simmons dedicated over four decades of her time and expertise to advancing the profession, making her the longest-serving Member Board Executive in NCARB’s history.
Since first volunteering for NCARB in 1975, Simmons was an integral member of several committees, including the Internship Advisory, Member Board Executives, and Professional Conduct committees. Most notably, she served on the Disaster Response Task Force following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita—a testament to her unwavering commitment to giving back to the community.
Throughout her career, Simmons has been recognized by both NCARB and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for outstanding service. In 2007, she was awarded NCARB’s highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, by then-President Robert E. Luke, FAIA, NCARB; in 2016, she was presented a laudatory by Past President Dennis S. Ward, FAIA, NCARB; and in November, she received a Presidential Citation from the AIA Louisiana chapter. Simmons was also recently honored by the Louisiana House of Representatives with a Resolution of Commendation.
"Teeny epitomized the ideal board executive: always gracious, focused on the needs of her members, with emphasis on the importance of being a team player,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “She made every engagement special with her warm greeting and positive attitude. NCARB—its members, staff, volunteers, and customers—all benefitted from her giving spirit. Her service to Louisiana and to our organization is historic and unlikely to be repeated."
Simmons attended Louisiana State University and graduated from Spencer Draughn Business College in Baton Rouge.
Memorial arrangements will be made in January.