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Dr. William Herson Simon

d. September 14, 2022

Dr. William Herson Simon

 

William H. Simon, MD, 84, of Villanova, PA and Jupiter, Florida passed away on September 11, 2022 at Paoli Hospital following a short but brave battle with brain cancer. Dr. Simon, a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon was trained, practiced and taught within the University of Pennsylvania Medical System. He leaves behind his lifelong love and wife of 58 years, Michele Soffian Simon (retired head of classics at The Baldwin School & Sacred Heart Academy), his daughter, Eve Herson Simon, a sister, Caroline M. Simon, and a myriad of friends and former patients.

 

Dr. Simon (Bill) was passionate about medicine, his family, singing, gardening and football. The son of Jacqueline H. Simon and Joseph E. Simon, Dr. Simon was born in Philadelphia in 1938. He attended Cheltenham High School (Class of 1955), Princeton University (B.A.1959) and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, receiving his M.D. in 1963. He furthered his training at Harvard University and then practiced medicine in Philadelphia for the remainder of his life.

 

From childhood, inspired by the gift of a toy doctor's kit, he always wanted to be a physician. His cheerful demeanor, kind and caring bedside manner as well as his keen intellect, good humor and healing hands, delighted six decades of patients and medical students with whom he worked.

 

During the Vietnam war, Dr. Simon served as a Lieutenant  Commander at the public health service and took care of soldiers at the Naval Hospital & Walter Reed. Additionally, he did published research at the NIH Institute for Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases.

 

 

Up until late July, he always checked in on friends & family during his morning virtual “rounds”, making sure they knew he was thinking of them. His beloved daughter Eve always looked forward to their daily FaceTime calls where they discussed everything from the latest streaming shows, to how well (or badly) the Eagles were playing to what treats she was cooking from the farmer’s market.

 

Starting out as a boy soprano, Dr. Simon sang throughout his life with groups like the Triangle Club at Princeton and The Good Time Charlies at Penn Medical School or even just humming a little Sinatra in the car. Once while chaperoning a Baldwin School Mediterranean cruise organized by his wife Michele, he sported a Fez and led a jaunty version of “Istanbul (not Constantinople)” in the ship’s talent show with a dozen students as backup. Even into his 80’s, he performed Cole Porter melodies with a group of retired friends.

 

In addition to teaching generations of medical students, he authored several texts, treatises and articles on medical topics. Most recently, he wrote a series of mystery novels with a medical twist featuring a loveably quirky doctor as the main character that bore a striking resemblance to himself.

 

All of his life, he enjoyed participating in and watching sports from football to tennis, golf, sailing and swimming. A devoted Phillies and Eagles fan, for many years he actually celebrated his late January birthday on Super Bowl Sunday, surrounded by screaming friends who were as passionate about the game as he was.

 

Bill was devoted to his loving family including many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also an engaged community member, serving on the boards of The Baldwin School, Princeton and Penn Medical Alumni Societies as well as being an active member of Main Line Reform Temple.

 

Aside from his family (including Tucker, his constant canine shadow), his bountiful Villanova garden was his pride and joy, inspired annually by visits to the Philadelphia Flower Show.

 

His smile, spirit and heart will be greatly missed by all who loved him deeply.

 

Due to Covid concerns, a private funeral for invited family only, will be held at Joseph Levine & Son’s in Blue Bell on Wednesday, September 14th  at noon, The funeral service may be viewed live at the following link: https://www.levinefuneral.com/blue-bell-webcam.html

 

 Shiva will be held the next day, Thursday Sept 15th, from 4-7pm at the Simon Family home in Villanova. Masks and Covid vaccination  required. Service will start at 5:30pm.

 

For more information or with any questions, please email forwilliamsimon@gmail.com.

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The William H. Simon, M.D. Summer Faculty Award for Science and the Humanities at the Baldwin School or to your favorite charity.

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Due to Covid concerns, a private funeral for invited family only, will be held at Joseph Levine & Son’s in Blue Bell on Wednesday, September 14th at noon, The funeral service may be viewed live at the following link: https://www.levinefuneral.com/blue-bell-webcam.html

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