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Simmonds, James Gordon

Simmonds, James Gordon

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Simmonds, James Gordon

James "Jim" Gordon SimmondsJames "Jim" Gordon Simmonds, 79, of Charlottesville, died suddenly on Sunday, April 12, 2015.He is survived by his beloved wife, Monique; his brother, John; his half-siblings, Sidney and Susan; his daughters Robin and Kathy; and his grandson, James Pi Crosby. He was a loving stepfather to Gretchen Watkins, Marc Binard, Patricia Binard, Kathy Binard, and Brigitte Mehl, and stepgrandfather to their children.Dr. Simmonds joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 1966 as a member of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science after completing his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his post-doctorate at Harvard University. In 1998 he became Professor Emeritus, and continued his service to the University in a variety of ways until his death, including his involvement with the Jefferson Scholars program. He made outstanding contributions to his field, including authoring over 120 papers, three books, and translating an advanced text from French to English. During his career, he received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Professor award from UVA, and most recently the Warner Koiter Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.In addition to his distinguished academic career, Jim was a champion and supporter of many causes and organizations. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Nature Conservancy of Viriginia's Volunteer of the Year Award. He touched many lives through his teaching, community service and devotion to family and friends.He was a kind and generous soul with a huge inquisitive mind.A memorial service is being planned. Memorial contributions can be made to the Nature Conservancy of Virginia or the Charlottesville Rescue Squad.

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