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Kansas Newspaper Executive Dies in Arizona

February 15, 1989

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A memorial service is scheduled for Friday for Dolph Simons Sr., board chairman of the World Company and Lawrence Journal-World and longtime editor and publisher of the newspaper.

Simons, 84, died in his sleep at a family residence in Scottsdale, Ariz., Monday night or Tuesday morning. The cause of death was not determined.

He had remained active in the daily newspaper operation until the time of his death.

Simons worked as a reporter for The Associated Press in Chicago in 1924, and then returned to the Journal-World, founded by his father, W.C. Simons, in 1891, and served as office manager, editor and publisher.

He was a member of the AP board of directors in 1951-60, serving two terms as board vice president.

″Dolph Simons Sr. was a newspaperman of dedication and distinction,″ AP President Louis D. Boccardi said Tuesday. ″He epitomized the values of a local newspaper owner dedicated to serving his community and he leaves a newspaper family that carries on those traditions. AP was fortunate to have enjoyed his services as a director.″

David Furnas, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, described Simons as ″a leader in the newspaper business in Kansas.″

Simons’ son, Dolph C. Simons Jr., editor and publisher of the Lawrence Journal-World, said, ″I doubt if any son could be more fortunate in having such a great father, business associate and teacher. He was a truly outstanding, exceptional newspaperman.″

His survivors also include his wife, Marie; a second son, Dr. John Simons of Scottsdale, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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