Arthur Simon

Arthur Simon
World Trade Center

Not Afraid to Commit

Arthur Simon was an equities trader for Fred Alger Management on the 93rd floor of 1 World Trade Center. His oldest child, Kenneth, had a similar job at Cantor Fitzgerald a few flights up.

Arthur Simon, 57, had many passions: his four children; the Jets and the Mets; Atlantic City; doo-wop music (especially the song "Runaround Sue"). But the principal love story of his life began 38 years ago when he was a librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library's Canarsie branch and went to a party where he met another librarian, Susan Bloch, who was then just 16. Both were great dancers, the kind that other dancers stepped back to make room for. They became inseparable.

"He always wanted to get married young and start a family," Mrs. Simon said recently. "It didn't matter that there was no money. He wasn't afraid to make a commitment."

Kenneth was born when his parents were living in Canarsie; then came Jennifer, who is a biology teacher in Chappaqua, N.Y. The family moved to Rockland County where Todd, who became a top high school wrestler and wide receiver, was born, along with Mandy, who grew up to be a homecoming queen.

"Arthur was very, very proud of all of them," Mrs. Simon said. And it all began in Brooklyn. "He chased after me," she said. "And I let him catch me."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 22, 2001.

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