SIMONS, Dr. H. Fred C.
Dr. H. Fred C. Simons, was born August 20, 1925 in Chowan County NC. He departed this life on April 10, 2013 at Rockville General Hospital. Dr. Simons received his early education in the Perquimans County Public Schools in Winfall, NC where he graduated. Dr. Simons attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State College in Greensboro, NC. Prior to graduating, he enlisted in the US Army and served during World War II. During his time in service, he married the love of his life Alice V. Wright. He received his Master's degree from NC A&T College in Education and Public School Administration. He went on to teach in the Beaufort County School District. Dr. Simons loved the Lord and accepted Him as his personal Savior at a very early age at Bay Branch A.M.E. Zion Church in Belvidere, NC. He served as a Class Leader, Trustee Board member and President of the scholarship committee at AME Zion Church in NC., and CT. His professional life included being a high school teacher, assistant school principal and high school principal. He retired from UCONN where he served as a program director, university administrator and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Simons was at the forefront of the public school integration movement in the state of NC., during the mid -1960's. He later went on to obtain his Doctorate degree in Higher Education and Administration at UCONN. He worked to improve the status of all minorities throughout the state of Connecticut. At his retirement, he received the highest honor given by the university; "The University of Connecticut Medal of Honor." That same year, the university yearbook was dedicated to him and the African American Cultural Center was renamed in his honor as the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center. Dr. Simons was an avid sports enthusiast. He especially enjoyed baseball; the New York Yankees and the UCONN basketball teams. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading and public speaking. Throughout the years, he was an active member of many organizations, groups and associations. His UCONN family will miss his care and his constant support, but his legacy of love and devotion will forever impact our lives. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of over 65 years, Alice; children, Freddie C. (Betty) of NC., Gerald G. (Raenell) of NJ and Alicia H. (Bruce) of CT; and sister Ann Howard of VA; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of his life will take place Thursday, September 5, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at The UCONN, Storrs Campus, Student Union Theater. To leave a message of comfort to the Simons family, please visit, www.hkhfuneralservices.com