Two women killed in Needham home after a car crash; driver hospitalized; and plight educator among the two women hospitalised after crash into NeedHAM home

Two women killed in Needham home after a car crash; driver hospitalized; and plight educator among t ...

Two women in their 80s, one of whom was a pioneering educator who worked in state college settings in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Ohio, were killed Wednesday in slammed into ten houses after the vehicle hit.

Ann Segal, 89, and Claire Van Ummersen, 85, both of Needham, were identified Wednesday night by the Norfolk district attorneys office.

Van Ummersen had served as interim chancellor of UMass Boston, senior academic and administrative officer with the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education, and chancelllor for the University System of New Hampshire, as well as president of Cleveland State University in Ohio, among other posts in a long career.

According to the district attorney's office, police and fire crew responded to a report of femur d'une 2009 BMW traveling down North Hill Avenue when it crossed Central Avenue and crashed into shackled oxford Avenue at about 10:20 p.m., according to an investigation into the 2009 Chevy that was traveling along North West Avenue while crossing Central Ave. and crashing into an house at 860 Central St. at 8.60 central Ave, at approximately 10 h.

Police said in a statement posted on the department's Facebook page that the two women, who were passenger vehicles, were taken to the hospital but "unfortunately did not survive the crash," police said.

Police said that the driver, an 89-year-old Needham man, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police.

There have been no charges filed. Needham police, the district attorney's office, and State Police accident analysis and reconstruction experts are conducting an inquiry into the incident.

Educators praised Van Ummersen after hearing of her sudden death.

The University System of New Hampshire stated in a statement that Dr. Van Ummersen was the first woman to serve as Chancellor and acted as an enthusiastic advocate for public higher education from 1986 to 1992.

Van Ummersen was president of Cleveland State University in Ohio from 1993 to 2001, where she received a scholarship.

Dr. Van Ummersen was an outstanding academic leader who played a critical role in Cleveland State University's development and growth, the university' s current president, Harlan Sands, stated in remark. We penned her death and offered our heartfelt condolences to her family.

Van Ummersen began her half-century career as a biology teacher and researcher in 1963 and worked in various roles at the American Council on Education from 2001 to 2016.

Van Ummersen's departure, according to the council'' president, is terribly sad news for all of us at ACE and for the whole American higher education community where Claire shone so brightly for decades as a pioneering scientist, educator, and campus leader.

She continued her groundbreaking path at ACE, focusing on issues such as expanding the pipeline of women leaders in higher education and improving the work-life balance on campuses across the country, Mitchell said in a statement. Claire was a friend, colleague, and mentor to so many, which she changed so much of our lives for the better. She will be sorely missed, but she leaves a cherished legacy of grace, wisdom, and accomplishment."

Van Ummersen was a tracking champion in higher education, according to Mildred Garcia, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Claire... became the first woman to lead Cleveland State University in the early 1990s, when very few women were college presidents, Garcia said. Through her tenures at the American Council on Education, she was also a tireless advocate for women in postsecondary education on tuesday. Claire stood out among the world's largest corporations as a tall figure. She leaves a long legacy.

Van Ummersen's passionate advocacy for leadership enhancement for women in athletics and higher education altered the landscape for female leaders in our industry, said Patti Phillips, chief executive of Women Leaders in College Sports.

The organization announced a leadership award for Van Ummersen, which is given to u.s. top higher ed administrator who promotes women's opportunities in college sports, in the statement.

We have lost a powerful pioneer and guiding light for women's advancement in higher education, Phillips said.

Van Ummersen discussed being a mentor to other women looking to develop careers in higher education in '89 interview with the Globe.

She described the referees as a person they may consult for advice and advice as "I serve as as an refereed for them, as someone they can talk to for counsel," she added. I'm trying to keep my eye open for jobs that might be of value or interest to them.... It's a very important and very necessary job.

Van Ummersen was also open to her opinions on the differences between men and women who lead colleges.

I believe that men are much more interested in playing the game than just doing the job, she said. Women are simply more matter-of-fact about completing the job. After identifying the problem, men assign people to study it, and then everyone gathers to discuss it. Women tend to look more for the solutions because they are more at the core of the problem.

Martin Finucane may be reached by email at martin.finukane@globe.com. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.

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