Alan Howard Simon

Alan H. Simon attended Van Nuys High School and transferred to Mar-Ken School for his senior year, graduating in 1956. He earned his B.A. at USC and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He served in the United States Marine Corps.

Mr. Simon is now retired after 35 years as a Los Angeles County Public Defender, ending his career as the Chief of the Special Operations Bureau.

Alan is the creator, researcher and contact person for the Mar-Ken.org website that you are now viewing. His many interests include the history of the Southern California area, vintage automobiles, videography and photography, and art projects.

He has served on many boards, task forces and committees addressing social justice issues. He currently serves as a Cabinet member of Kitchen Table Democracy. And among his many honors he is proud of his Distinguished Merit Citation "for his outstanding leadership of the Administration of Justice Program" awarded by the National Conference of Community and Justice.

Alan has been married to Joan since 1967, and they have two married sons, Ken and Greg, of which they are very proud.

Alan can be reached at: contact@Mar-Ken.org.

From 1956 Mar-Ken Yearbook:
Name: Alan Howard Simon
Class: Senior
Hobby: Sports cars
Suppressed Desire: To have a 300SL
Nickname: Al
Ambition: Graduate from a university
Expression: Did you say 300SL?

Graduation night photo taken in front of one of the fireplaces in the Mar-Ken School (Buck Jones' house) in June, 1956.
Taken by actor & existentialist William H. Bassett in
November 2004.
Alan and Joan Simon, 2004

For other recent pictures, see the 2002, 2003 and 2005 Mar-Ken reunion photos.