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.
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.
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
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
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.