Lincoln College Alumnus names
classroom in memory of his father
Dorr Simer long-time area educator in
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[August 20, 2019]
Dr. Robert “Bob” Simer, along with other friends and relatives, made
a generous contribution to Lincoln College naming a classroom on the
3rd floor of the David H. Harts Science building in memory of his
father Dorr Simer, a long-time area educator. The dedication
ceremony took place at the Lincoln College campus on August 2, 2019.
Lincoln College President David Gerlach said, “Lincoln College is
grateful for the many years Mr. Simer devoted to the Logan County
community and the Lincoln College campus.”
A natural teacher, Dorr Simer took every opportunity to instill in
others the thirst for knowledge, desire to succeed, incentive to
work hard, and confidence to “get the job done.”
Mr. Simer enlisted in the Navy at age eighteen during World War II,
serving onboard a submarine. After serving, he returned to Piatt
County and began farming.
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Losing his right eye in a farming accident, Simer decided to return to school.
He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at the
University of Illinois, as well as an advanced degree in education.
He began teaching agriculture and biology at Beason High School in 1959, where
he remained for sixteen years. He served as an advisor in the Future Farmers of
American organization, a weighmaster for the Logan County Fair Association, and
chair of the Beason Centennial Committee.
After his time at Beason High School, Simer served as an agriculture teacher at
Lincoln Community High School for four years. In 1979, he began teaching
part-time at Lincoln College where he remained until 1984. He established an
agribusiness department, working closely with four-year institutions to ensure
Lincoln College courses would transfer to other programs.
A “teacher of teachers,” he took great pride in the success of his students.
Mr. Simer was a proud faculty member, often eating with students in the
cafeteria and attending Lincoln College athletic events.
Mr. Simer also farmed his own land and raised five children with his wife Jean,
to whom he was married to for 44 years. All five children pursued advanced
degrees in higher education. “He was my father, my mentor, and my best friend,”
said Dr. Robert Simer.
His family and friends remember his hard work and dedicate this classroom to his
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