Deceased May 29, 2016
Dick started Amherst in February 1946; he had been in the combat infantry, awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart and was in a POW camp in Europe. He earned a “trade school diploma” (his words) at Harvard Business School.
He had a successful career, holding several high-level executive positions in big board companies. Some of us thought he did not make it to the #1 spot because he was unwilling to play the political game necessary for advancement in a corporate environment. He was too ebullient, outspoken and perhaps too opinionated. We admired him for these very traits.
He was an inveterate collector of ideas, paintings, old tools, books, antique Roman coins and bric-a-brac including an exceptional collection of teapots. Dick spent many years in Morristown, N.J., and Newfane, Vt. After the Amherst/Williams games, Nancy (Smith ’49) and Lew Hammond; Joan (Smith ’48) and Jack McKeon; Dave and Carola McNeish (MHC ’50); Dick’s wife, May (MHC ’47); and other classmates gathered with my wife, Suzy (MHC ’50), and me at our house to celebrate (or commiserate) the game. Often the discussions were more about politics than football; in winter, we skied together.
Dick was active in Macculloch Hall Museum, creating a diorama of a New Jersey canal system for which he received a rave review in the New York Times. With such an active intellect, perhaps the best job for him would have been director of the Metropolitan Museum, where one of his responsibilities would have been writing provenances for works of art.
Predeceased by his son Richard C. Simon Jr., he is survived by his first wife, May B. Fagan; their children, Elizabeth Simon, Susanne Simon, Priscilla Connolly ’80 and Robert E. Simon II; his second wife, Janet Robertson; their children, Jeffrey M. Simon ’09E and Katherine Deconinck; and grandchildren Peter Connolly ’18 and Julia Connolly.
Fred Gardner ’49