James E. Simon ’61

CHAMPAIGN – James E. Simon 73, of Champaign passed away Wednesday (Nov. 30, 2011) at his home in Champaign.

He was born Oct. 16, 1938, in Carbondale to Ernest and Mary Curd Simon. He married Rebecca Jeffries on Sept. 5, 1964 in Carbondale and she survives. He was preceded in death by one brother and his parents.

He was a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois for 32 years, retiring in 1998. Prior to coming to the University of Illinois he was employed at C.F. Murphy Architectural in Chicago.

He belonged to the A.T.O. fraternity, was a master gardener and loved to travel the western United States.

Services for Professor Simon will be private and memorial contributions should be directed to the James E. Simon Trust with the University of Illinois Foundation or to the Master Gardener Program with the University of Illinois Extension Service.

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