In Memoriam John Simmons

Dr John Simon Gabriel Simmons, an eminent bibliographer and paper historian, passed away on 22 September 2005. It was only a few months after his 90th birthday (8 July) duly celebrated with events specially organised at Oxford on that occasion. In the scholarly curriculum vitae of Dr Simmons the independent branches of knowledge, i.e. bibliography and heraldry were combined with paper history and watermark studies. His fruitful cooperation with the Paper Publications Society (Labarre Foundation), started in 1960 and continued during almost 30 years as its General Editor (1965-94), is much appreciated. Almost 40 years ago (1967), Dr Simmons was the organizer of the 7th IPH Congress in Oxford. From 1963 to 1972 he was an assessor in the IPH Council. The Honorary Membership of the IPH was conferred on Dr Simmons in 2000.