SIMON, GERALD T. - age 88, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home in Knoxville. He is now reunited with his wife, Faye Simon, who he called "the world's most wonderful girl." Jerry spent most of his youth in Miami Beach, watching this cypress swamp turn into a thriving city and resort. He loved sharing stories from his youth with his children, and in retirement wrote a book containing many of these stories. He attended Tulane University, following which he joined the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII from 1942-1946. He received a BS in Microbiology from Florida Atlantic University and an MS in Statistics from Florida State University. He had a brilliant mind and enjoyed a career in biostatistics as a civilian contractor at Eglin and Langley Air Force Bases, working on important issues such as searching for antidotes for Agent Orange and figuring the probability of life on Mars with the Viking project. He left government work to teach at Hampton University, where he found a second fulfilling career. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Adele and Tobias Simon, brother Stuart Simon, and his wife of 51 years, Faye. He leaves behind a family who loves and misses him: children, Anna Simon (Jimmy Mauldin), David Simon (Denise), and Sharon Toedte (Ross); and grandchildren, Chelsea and Sarah Simon and Blaire and Benjamin Toedte. Private services will be held Thursday, June 20, at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either the
, The American Red Cross or to a charity important to you. Online condolences at www.rosemortuary.com
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on June 20, 2013