Posted September 1, 1999
John E. Simmons, professor emeritus of integrative biology and zoology, died at his home in Berkeley on Aug. 22, from lung cancer. He was 70.
Born in Pine Bluff, Ark., on Nov. 12, 1928, Simmons received a B.A. in 1950, M.A. in 1952 and Ph.d. in 1960, all from Rice Institute in Houston, Texas.
Simmons joined the Berkeley faculty in 1966. During his tenure, he served as associate professor of zoology and integrative biology and chairman of the department of instruction in biology.
He was a member of Sigma Xi, the American Society of Zoologists, the American Society of Parasitologists, the Corporation of Marine Biological Laboratory and the Northern California Society of Parasitologists, serving as its president in 1972. Simmons received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1979 and studied at the Center for Marine Research at the University of Zagreb in Yugoslavia.
He is survived by his son Holt Simmons of Lakewood, Colo. Plans for a memorial service will be announced in November.