Ex-director at K-State journalism school dies

By The Mercury

Todd Simon, former director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism at Kansas State University, died Monday evening of an apparent heart attack. He was 61.

Mr. Simon came to K-State in 1997 from Michigan State, where he had been director of the mass media program. He served as director of the Miller School until being succeeded by the current director, Angela Powers, 2004, and continued as a full-time faculty member.

At K-State he also served as chapter advisor to the Public Relations Students Society of America, and created a class on mass media and politics.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1974, Mr. Simon received a doctoral degree in law from Boston College, and a master of law from George Washington University in 1985. He began teaching at Michigan State in 1984.

Survivors include his wife, Geri, who has been active in local political affairs.

Funeral service information is pending.

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