Dolph C. Simons
Editor, Publisher, Lawrence Journal World
Liberty Memorial High School
Dolph Simons Jr. is editor of the Lawrence Journal-World and chairman of The World Company,
A native of Lawrence He graduated from LMHS and the University of Kansas. While a student at KU, he was a member of the football team for three years and he later played for the U.S. Marine Corps team at Quantico, Va. He enlisted in the Marine Corps while a senior at KU and held the rank of captain when he was discharged in 1953.
He was a reporter in London for the London Times in 1956 and he was employed as a reporter at the Johannesburg (South Africa) Star in 1958.
In 1972, Mr. Simons was named the 20th recipient of the Colby College annual Elijah Lovejoy Award for "Outstanding Performance in Journalism Achievement". At KU, he was an officer with the KU Endowment Association, including serving as a trustee from 1977-2004, chairman of the board of trustees from 1994-2004 and member of the executive committee from 1985-2004. He also served on the board of directors for the KU Alumni Association from 1961- 1965, was a member of its executive committee from 1982-1987 and national president from 1982-1983. In 1976, he received the Fred Ellsworth Award for significant service to KU, and in 1980 received the Distinguished Service Citation from KU, the university's highest honor.
Mr. Simons has been a member of the board of trustees of Midwest Research Institute since 1967; board of advisers of Kansas University's International Center for Ethics in Business since 2004; advisory board of the KU School of Business since 1963; Kansas Bioscience Authority since 2004; trustee of the Menninger Foundation since 1972; and chairman of the Lied Board of Governors since 1995. Mr. Simons served as a trustee of the National Parks Conservation Association, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas Nature Conservancy and the Haskell Foundation. He was chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce in 1967 and president of the Lawrence Rotary Club from 1961-1962. He was a director of Commerce Bank in Kansas City, Mo., and of Commerce Bancshares in St. Louis, Mo. He is a past member of the Central Governing Board for Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and served on the board of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He also is a former director of Oread Laboratories Inc. In 2005, the
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center honored him with its Pioneer Award. That same year the Lawrence Kiwanis Club presented him with its Substantial Citizen Award. In 2006, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce presented him with its Citizen of the Year Award.