June 1, 2010
WASHINGTON - Each John Carroll Weekend culminates with a banquet celebrating the John Carroll and Patrick Healy Award recipients and their distinguished service to Georgetown and their communities, their lifetime achievement and dedication to advancing Georgetown's mission of distinguished service and leadership.
The John Carroll Award was established by the Georgetown University Alumni Association in 1951 to honor alumni whose achievements exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown University and its founder, Archbishop John Carroll. The John Carroll Award is the highest honor bestowed by the alumni association.
There are four recipients of the John Carroll Awards each year. During the 2010 awards ceremony, held on May 2, one of those recipients was former Hoya football player Bruce William Simmons (B'69).
Beginning with his finance studies and position as quarterback and co-captain of Georgetown's football team, Simmons has lived out a well-rounded commitment to excellence and service.
After graduation, Simmons served as a U.S. Navy officer on the USS Albany before earning his MBA at Columbia. He then began a 29-year career with Citigroup Inc., responsible for the firm's global relationships with corporate finance clients throughout the southeastern United States. In 2003, he retired as a managing director and senior credit officer in the Corporate and Investment Bank at Citigroup in Atlanta, Ga. A volunteer with Saint Joseph's Hospital since 1983, he recently retired as chair of the hospital board and now chairs the board of Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute. He also serves as a director of the Gwinnett Technical College Foundation and a member of the Stewardship Committee of Catholic Health East, and travels the country in support of Georgetown's athletic teams.
The recipient of the 2005 Hoyas Unlimited Award for outstanding service to Georgetown Athletics, Simmons was an early supporter of the Multi-Sport Facility and co-chair of its fundraising committee. Together with his brothers, Brad (B'74) and Brian (B'81), who also played football at Georgetown, Bruce established the Mary Jane and Winsor Simmons Athletic Scholarship for football student-athletes in the McDonough School of Business, in honor of his parents.
"I've had a terrific time getting to know the beneficiaries of the scholarship," Simmons said. "My greatest pleasure is interacting with those young men and helping them get started."
Simmons mentors student-athletes and has interviewed prospective students as part of the Alumni Admissions Program since 1974. He has served on the board of regents and as president of the Georgetown Club of Georgia, and received the William Gaston Alumni Award in 2005. He and his wife, Ellen, have hosted a back-to-school barbecue for students and families for more than 20 years and, as part of the Third Century Campaign, they named a reading room in the Southwest Quad. Bruce and Ellen have three children, Brian, Matthew and Claire.