Richard "Glenn" Simmons Jr., 67, assistant chief engineer in Miami University's department of communications, died Thursday, June 6, at Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital in Cincinnati.
After working 35 years in broadcasting for Cincinnati radio stations WSAI and WLW, and TV stations WKRC, WXIX, WLWT and National Teleproductions (remote TV sports productions), Simmons joined Miami’s communications department in 2000.
“Glenn Simmons did everything for his students. He came in early, stayed late, and taught kids with a smile. He thought of his students as his own kids and that is something I'll never forget about Glenn,” said David Spunt (Miami ’07), a TV reporter in Charlotte, N.C.
“Glenn really loved Miami. He’d tell anyone who would listen that it was the best job he'd ever had,” said Steve Beitzel, chief engineer in communications. “He was a great mentor to our students, offering his years of experience as a professional broadcaster to those on the verge of entering the profession. Glenn was an example of one of Miami's life-long learners. He truly enjoyed taking classes and raved about how great all his instructors were. He was never happier than when in an academic discussion with professors Ron Scott or Kathy German. Not at all your typical engineer.”
The U.S. Air Force veteran was a member of the IBEW Local 212 in Cincinnati, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Leon, Ind.
Simmons is survived by his wife, Barbara J. (Barhorst) Simmons; his daughter, Holly (Sean McLaughlin) Simmons of Santa Cruz, Cal.; siblings Alice Greene of W. Harrison, Ind., and Patrick (Tonya) Simmons of Jacksonville, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, Harrison. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Leon, Ind. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Franklin Co. Humane Society or St. Joseph Church General Fund c/o the funeral home, at 215 E. Broadway Ave. Harrison, Ohio 45030.