Dr. Thomas R. Simon
August 21, 1920 - September 26, 2011
Thomas Raymond Simon, M.D., one of the pioneers of cytologic diagnosis of cancer, died Monday Sept. 26, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Shelby, Ohio, Aug. 21, 1920, he was the youngest of seven children of Victor Peter and Helena Matilda (Sutter) Simon. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and Shelby High School, graduated from St. Bonaventure University, first in his class, and St. Louis University School of Medicine, where he was a member of AOA Honor Society.
Dr. Simon served as pathologist at St Louis University Hospital and nine rural Minnesota hospitals in St. Cloud, Minnesota; 3750th Air Force Hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska; Milwaukee County Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Syracuse Memorial (Crouse) Hospital, Syracuse. He was on the teaching faculty of St. Louis University, Cornell U, Creighton U and Marquette U Schools of Medicine and was emeritus clinical professor of pathology at Upstate Medical Center. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and was a member of AMA; American Society of Clinical Pathology, serving as a member of the original Commission on Continuing Education and Chairman of The Council on Cytopathology; American Society of Cytopathology (Past President); and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He was a fellow of the American College of Pathology and the International Academy of Cytology. Dr. Simon was the author or co-author of numerous articles in the field of anatomic pathology, and conducted many national and international symposia and workshops on cytologic diagnosis. He served as an Army private in WWII and as an Air Force captain during the Korean War.
Dr. Simon influenced many students and acquaintances over the years and was well known for his thoughtful, analytical approach. But, his and his loving wife, Carolyn’s proudest achievement was the rearing and education of four wonderful daughters whose love and personal and professional accomplishments were an incomparable source of joy.
Though admittedly not particularly talented, Tom enjoyed participation sports and was truly an adventurer at heart. He was a member of high school track and basketball teams, city and college tennis teams, college pistol team, and player-manager of an industrial league fast-pitch softball team. In later years, he enjoyed travel, golf, fishing and boating and was an avid gardener. But most of all, he devoted his life to his family and enjoyed every opportunity to spend time with his children, sons-in-law and grandchildren. The many wonderful memories of our travels and special holiday celebrations will be cherished.
Dr. Simon was predeceased by his parents, siblings and infant son, Victor Peter. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, R. Carolyn (Larkin) Simon; daughters, Mary (husband James) Bright, Nancy (husband Robert) Moran, Carol (husband Jack) Harrigan and Helene (husband Terrance) Fenlon; and special niece, Susan (husband Gary) Hoovler. He also leaves behind grandchildren, James and Jeanne Bright, Caroline Larkin (Moran) Kettering, Margaret Moran, Liam and Patrick Harrigan; great-nephew Todd Hoovler; and many nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial: 11 a.m. Thursday Sept. 29 at Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Salt Springs Road, Fayetteville. Private burial will be held at the family’s convenience. For directions, florists, or a guestbook, please visit scheppfamily.com. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested considering a memorial contribution in Dr. Simon’s memory, to the Father Brian Lhota, O.F.M. Scholarship Fund at St. Bonaventure University. Please send contributions to the attention of : Vice President for Advancement, University Relations, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778.