Edward J. Simon
Dr. Edward J. Simon, who once stopped for a soda in Harford County and decided to open his medical practice there, died Thursday at his Havre de Grace home of complications from diabetes. He was 78.
It was in 1942 that the young Dr. Simon set out from New York, his native state, to pursue a wartime job offer as a company doctor at Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.
They stopped in Havre de Grace at a soda fountain -- at what is now City Pharmacy. They liked the town, and learned there was a shortage of doctors because of World War II. Also, busy Aberdeen Proving Ground was nearby. Dr. Simon declined the Middle River job, and started a general practice in Havre de Grace that continued until he retired in 1993.
Dr. Simon was born in Middletown, N.Y., and received his undergraduate degree in 1937 from Fordham University. He earned his medical degree in 1941 from Hahnemann University Medical School in Philadelphia. From 1941 to 1942, he was a resident at French Hospital in New York City.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 615 Congress Ave., Havre de Grace.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Cathryn Lesher; and two sons, Edward J. Simon Jr. and Arthur G. Simon, both of Havre de Grace.
The family suggests contributions to the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum Inc., 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace 21078; or the Salvation Army, 2122 Pulaski Highway, Havre de Grace 21078.