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Joseph S. Simms Jr. Obituary
Joseph S. Simms, Jr. of Woodstock, VA (formerly Glenside, PA, a retired teacher of History and the American Cinema at Cheltenham High School, Wyncote, PA from 1963- 1986, died on June 27, 2014. Known as "Mr. Yearbook" for his 20 year sponsorship of the "El Delator", Joe was noted nationally for its' innovative style and layout. In the classroom, he was equally innovative in the lessons he created for his students. In the History of the American Cinema, Mr. Simms began his study of the film artist Gilbert Adrian and became nationally and internationally known for his research and knowledge of this important MOM artist. He later turned over to the French Government his vast holdings on Adrian because of their interest in this American Designer. Mr. Simms was born and raised in Washington, D.C. where he had taught for ten years in Arlington, V A prior to coming to Cheltenham. Following his retirement in 1986, he ventured into the antique world, specializing in the work of American artists in the jewelry field. An ardent animal welfare champion, he frequently took his cats on his trips and featured them in his retrospectives of Adrian. Once while vacationing, the ABC nightly News had captured him boarding the QE2 with three of his cats, a liner which Mr. Simms felt was "the most civilized because of its provisions for one's animal companions." Joe is survived by his cousins and God Daughter, Kathleen McDonald of Warrenton, VA. Funeral services are private.
Published in Montgomery Newspapers on July 20, 2014
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