Howard Simons

Curator 1984 – 1989

From his obituary in The Boston Globe, June 14, 1989:

Mr. Simons joined the [Washington] Post in 1961 as a science writer. He became assistant managing editor in 1966 and deputy managing editor in 1968, leaving the paper for Harvard in 1984, after 13 years as managing editor. He directed coverage of the Watergate scandal, for which the Post received a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1974.

“He was the quintessential nurturer of talent,” Derek Bok, president of Harvard, said of Mr. Simons. “He chastised those who settled for second best, praised those who pursued excellence and inspired virtually every young journalist with whom he came in contact.”

Simons was a 1959 Nieman Fellow.