First woman appointed to South Carolina Forestry Commission dies at 97

June 13, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

Sara Simons

Sara Lee Simons passed away at McLeod Hospice House on June 5, 2024. Sara was born in her family home on February 28, 1927. Sara attended the University of Georgia, graduated in 1949 with a BS in Secondary Education including a certification in natural sciences. She was awarded Education Conservationist of the Year and South Caroline Biology Teacher of the Year. She was a charter member of The South Carolina Association of Naturalists founded in 1976 by Rudy Mancke. She published SCAN: The First Ten Years in memory of Walter. Sara was the first woman appointed by Governor Carroll Campbell to the South Carolina Forestry Commission (SCFC). She was reappointed by Governor David Beasley. She helped launch Project Learning Tree, an award winning international environmental education program.

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