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Gene R. Simonson

Professor Emeritus Gene R. Simonson devoted his career to making a difference in his student’s lives and careers. He was a founding member of the Economics Department at Cal State Long Beach and retired in 1994 after nearly 40 years of service. Professor Simonson was honored with numerous teaching awards during his career, including the prestigious First-Place Award from the nationally prominent Joint Council on Economic Education. In recognition of his impact on student’s lives and career paths, alumni of the department, led by Clyde Kendzierski (’72), have generously established the Gene R. Simonson Endowed Scholarship in Economics.


This scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students who have excelled academically while pursuing a degree in Economics. Since 2014, about ten students have earned a Gene R. Simonson scholarship. Typically, two students each academic year are awarded this scholarship.