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A 40 year resident of Montgomery County, MD, George Reed Simon, born September 9, 1931 in Cleveland, OH, peacefully passed in his sleep in Gaithersburg, MD on June 9, 2014 due to heart failure.
George was a beloved husband of 33 years to Leonora Simon; father of Leslie, Susan, Lisa, Sharon and Linda; stepfather to Heather and Sean; grandfather to 12, great-grandfather to one.
George attended Ohio University at Athens and completed his BFA degree in ROTC; he then continued his studies at the University of Michigan where he received both his MA and PhD degrees. George served in the U.S Air Force and then later in U.S. Air Force Reserves and with the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary. After his service, George worked at the Veteran's Administration, Memphis State University, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency where he retired as a science review administrator. During his retirement, George enjoyed working as a historian at the Baltimore Maritime Museum.
A graveside service at the Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Air Force Museum Foundation ( in honor of George Simon.

Published in The Washington Post on June 26, 2014
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