Arlene Hook Simpkins died peacefully in her home on Sunday, July 26. She was 78 years old.

Arlene was born in Steubenville, Ohio on June 25, 1937 to her parents John DeMarr and Margaret Hook. She was a graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central and went on to receive a bachelor of arts degree from Kent State University in 1958 and a master’s degree from New York University in guidance and counseling.

Arlene moved to Connecticut in 1960 and was married to Robert Simpkins. In 1964, she gave birth to their only child, James Bradley (Brad).

Arlene worked as a guidance counselor at Greenwich High School for 40 years, retiring in 2006. This was the work she was put on earth to do. Throughout the years she touched the lives of so many who crossed through the doors of Greenwich High School. The testimonials from former students mentioning the help they received from her during important times in their lives pays tribute to her positive influence as a counselor.

She was also respected and admired by her colleagues at the high school as an outspoken advocate for the students.

Arlene enjoyed spending time at the beach. She spent many summers on Martha’s Vineyard, enjoying Menemsha and Lucy Vincent beach. While in her home town of Southport, Conn., she would enjoy time spent at Sasco Beach, particularly in the evenings, watching the sun set and the moon rise. She had great knowledge and a vast interest in astronomy.

Arlene is survived by her son Brad and daughter in law, Polly, and the true loves of her life, grandsons Justin and Finnegan, as well as her siblings Helen Haglund, John Hook, Carolyn Sue Hook, and Mari Schulz.

A remembrance reception will be held at Pequot Library in Southport, Conn. on Friday, July 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. for all who would like to pay their respects. Look for her in the rising moon that evening.

Contributions in Arlene’s memory may be directed to the Universities Space Research Association,