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February 19, 1990


A commitment of $1 million to Kansas University's Campaign Kansas fund drive has been made by members of the Dolph Simons family in memory of Dolph Simons Sr., former chairman of The World Company and a long-time supporter of the university.

Simons, who died in February 1989, was chairman of the KU Endowment Association from 1966 to 1972 and president of the KU Alumni Association from 1950 to 1951. He received KU's Distinguished Service Citation in 1956 and the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1975.

A specific use for the Simons family donation is yet to be determined. Campaign Kansas has a goal of collecting $177 million in private donations to benefit KU.

"Dolph Simons left a lasting imprint on the University of Kansas," KU Chancellor Gene Budig said. "He was always ahead of his time. He was, for example, instrumental in bringing the late Takeru Higuchi and pharmaceutical science to KU.''

``HIS ACTIONS were predicated solely on what was in the best interest of the university,'' Budig said. ``He loved KU and was dedicated to its objectives and ideals."

Dolph C. Simons Jr., editor and publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World, said the family was pleased to make the gift to KU.

"Dad was involved and interested in the university for most of his life and had served as a member of the Endowment Association's executive committee for 41 years," said Dolph Simons Jr.

``He was proud of the university, he worked hard to help the school and he initiated many actions which brought about the physical expansion of the campus as well as increasing the academic excellence of the university," he said.

DOLPH SIMONS SR. was a 1925 KU graduate, and spent his entire career in the newspaper business. Starting as a newspaper boy for his father, W.C. Simons, who also was active in the early development of KU, he worked as an Associated Press reporter in Chicago before returning to join the family newspaper business.

A Lawrence resident for 84 years, Simons served as first vice president and on the board of directors of the Associated Press, as chairman of the board of the 10th Federal Reserve District, and as president of the Kansas 4-H Foundation.

He was awarded the university's Distinguished Service Citation in 1956, and in 1975 he was one of the first eight recipients of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion.

Simons was instrumental in starting the Chancellors Club, which is composed of individuals who pledge to contribute at least $1,000 a year to the university for unrestricted purposes.

HE ALSO worked closely with the late Helen Foresman Spencer to develop the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art and was one of the three original advisers on the museum project.

In a commencement dinner speech, Simons once said, "Anyone who has had the privilege of living here this long under the shadow of Mount Oread is a lucky person . . . I am grateful for the great joy the university has brought into my life.''

Simons is survived by his wife, Marie Nelson Simons; two sons, Dolph Simons Jr. of Lawrence and Dr. John N. Simons of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Simons was graduated from KU in 1928, and while at KU was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She was active in the sorority's alumni association.

MRS. SIMONS was one of the early advisers at the Spencer Museum. She was one of the original trustees of the Watkins Community Museum and has been active in numerous civic activities. Mrs. Simons serves as a director of The World Company.

Dolph Simons Jr. graduated from KU in 1951, and after military service in the Marine Corps, he worked as a reporter on the Times of London and at the Johannesburg (South Africa) Star. He returned to Lawrence to join the family newspaper business and is publisher and editor of the Journal-World and president of The World Company, which owns and operates Sunflower Cablevision in Lawrence and Columbine CableVision in Fort Collins, Colo.

Simons is past president of the KU Alumni Association and serves as a vice chairman of the KU Endowment Association. He also is a member of the executive committee of Campaign Kansas. He received the Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 1976 and the university awarded him its Distinguished Service Citation in 1980. He served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Adams Alumni Center.

Simons' wife, Pamela Counseller Simons, is a member of the Spencer Museum of Art advisory board and the Lawrence Campaign Committee, which is active in encouraging contributions to the Ernst F. Lied Center. Dolph and Pamela Simons have four children: Pam, Linda, Dan and Dolph Simons III, all of whom attended KU.

DR. JOHN SIMONS graduated from KU in 1954 and received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as chairman of the department of plastic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and founded the Southwest Plastic Surgeons of Scottsdale, Ariz. He served as a member of the KU Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1969 to 1974 and is a member of the Chancellors Club.

Dr. Simons' children, John Jr., Jim and Andrea all are graduates of Stanford University and his daughter Suzanne attended KU.

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