Scholarship honors memory of father


Dr. Charles Simonís father was a leader in field of education in the Seaford Schools in the Ď30s

Dr. Charles W. Simon, Seaford High School Class of í39, of Los Angles, has established the Ernest A. Simon Memorial Scholarship in honor of his father who served as a member and president of the Seaford Board of Education and a member of the Delaware State Board of Education in the 1930s.
The endowment, in excess of $250,000 is comprised of two life insurance policies, payable at Dr. Simonís death, and an investment that can be used immediately.
These funds will be used solely to support the Ernest A. Simon Memorial Scholarship which will be awarded on an annual basis to a qualified graduating senior, beginning with the Class of 2000.
During the upcoming school year, criteria and application procedures for this scholarship will be developed by the High School Guidance Office and made available to students.
The year 2000 marks the 60th anniversary of Mr. Simonís death. Ten years ago in an article in The Leader, Wright Robinson told of Mr. Simonís contributions to education. He wrote: ďI donít suppose that any Seafordian was more dedicated to the townís
and later the stateís educational system, than Mr. Simon. When he wasnít involved with his business affairs, his time was spent doing things to better the school system.
ďSeafordís old school building (then located at Cannon and Poplar streets) burned down in 1928. Mr. Simon used much of his tremendous energy in seeing that the new school that was arising was being erected to his high standards. In fact, I truly believe that his personal initiatives were responsible for Pierre du Pontís generous gift that made our new school possible.

ďYou see, Mr. Simonís legion of friends extended throughout the state. Pierre du Pont was one of them. Gov. C. Douglas Buck had appointed Mr. Simon to the state board of education. In that position he had met Mr. du Pont, whose generosity to the stateís school building program had earlier brought the Frederick Douglass School to Seaford. I think that I am assuming correctly that the du Pont-Simon friendship had a great part in getting our new school.Ē
The scholarship fund extends what Mr. Simon had done during his lifetime ó getting scholarships for worthy students who otherwise might not have been able to go to college.
Mr. Simon also worked for the establishment of a broader curriculum and insisted on obtaining dedicated educators. Both he and his wife, Hattie Greenabaum, were very involved in community and school activities in Seaford. Mr. Simon was a partner in the Greenabaum Canning Factory, a family firm that in the early 1930s was one of the really large canneries in the Mid-Atlantic area.
The Seaford Board of Education and Seaford School District publicly thank Dr. Simon for this donation which will benefit generations of Seaford High School graduates by providing expanded scholarship opportunities.
Ernest A. Simonís granddaughter, Connie Chapman of Seaford, said that her grandfather died when she was six months old.
While she has no memories of him, she has heard others in the community speak well of him.
For example, she said that in the 1930s, when her grandfather was serving in the educational system, he made sure that all the children had shoes.
Dr. Charles W. Simon is her uncle. She said her uncle is establishing the scholarship to honor the memory of his father, who was very important to him.
Dr. Charles Simon, a writer, lives in Los Angeles. He attended University of Pennsylvania, Kent State and received a doctorate degree in psychology from Ohio State.