In recognition of the life and legacy of Milton L. Simmons, CerE’49, his daughter, Sandra L. Simmons-Gamble, has generously chosen to establish a scholarship endowment honoring the memory of her father.
An officer decorated for his service during World War II, Milton Simmons returned from the war and enrolled at the Missouri School of Mines (now Missouri University of Science and Technology), where he was active as a student in the Engineers Club, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), Keramos and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Milton completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering in three years, working nights to support himself, and joined the Ferro Corporation, headquartered near Cleveland, Ohio. He went on to a distinguished four-decade career with the company, first as an engineer, working in manufacturing facilities from Asia to South America, and then, after earning his law degree, as the company’s patent attorney, a position he held until his retirement.
A proud Miner, Milton was a university ambassador throughout his life, sharing stories with his family, friends and colleagues. “My father would regale me with stories of his times in Rolla,” says Sandra, a member of the Missouri S&T campus community who works in International Affairs. “He took many pictures from his days here, which made the stories come alive even more.”
Following his retirement, Milton enjoyed playing golf and taking occasional trips to visit his old war buddies. He died on July 14, 2005.
Now, through the permanent source of funding provided by the Milton L. Simmons Endowed Scholarship in Ceramic Engineering, talented students for generations to come will have the opportunity to excel in the study of ceramic engineering as Milton Simmons Scholars.
As his daughter writes: “I am glad that I can honor him in what I see as a most fitting way, changing the lives of students as his life was changed by his education.”