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The Student News Site of Biola University

The Chimes

The Student News Site of Biola University

The Chimes

Dear Professor Simon…

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Remembering Professor William “Bill” Simon (1961-2019) / Photo courtesy of Michael Kitada

William “Bill” Simon was an associate professor of public relations at Biola University. A graduate of Westmont College and Northwestern University, he was known by many of his students for his friendly disposition and the love he showed to each person in his classes. Simon died on Feb. 28, 2019 after a brief illness.

While the Chimes covered the announcement of Simon’s death, we also want to give members of the Biola community a chance to remember a man who had such a profound impact on so many. Many in the Chimes staff took one or more of his classes and can attest to his character and generosity. It is out of respect and love for Professor Simon that we dedicate this page as a memorial for visitors to remember him by until we see him again in Paradise.




If you would like to submit a memorial note in honor of Professor Simon, please fill out the form here. For questions, email [email protected].


“If I had known”

Austin Green, Managing Editor

“Swords and Words”

Pierce Singgih, A&E Editor

“Dying young as late as possible”

Thecla Li, Visual Editor

“A powerful inspiration”

Adam Pigott, A&E Staff Writer

“A profound legacy”

Bethany Harbison, Biola journalism alumna

“My journal of a lost spirit who still exists in me”

Malachiel-Melchior La’ Viollette, Biola journalism student

“Reaching for hearts”

Taylor Haidle, Biola public relations student

“A confidence restorer”

Lailah Walker, Biola journalism student

“A gift”

Michelle Gurrola, Biola journalism student

“Walking Among The Trees”

Cooper Dowd, Biola journalism student

“A good and faithful servant”

Angelique Calvillo, Biola public relations student

“A passionate but humble servant”

Aaron Zhang, Staff Photographer

“More Than Just a Professor”

Josh Marsh, Biola public relations student

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Dear Professor Simon…