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DU PONT'S SIMMONS TO RETIRE

 DU PONT'S SIMMONS TO RETIRE
 WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Howard E. Simmons Jr., who


headed Du Pont (NYSE: DD) Central Research and Development for 11 years, has elected to retire at the end of this year, the company announced today.
 He will continue to serve on the National Science Board, the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation.
 Known as "Howie" to his friends and colleagues, Simmons' Du Pont career spanned nearly four decades. He joined the company as a research chemist in 1954 and rose to research supervisor in 1959, associate research director in 1970 and research director in 1974. He was appointed director of Central Research and Development in 1979 and vice president of Central Research and Development in 1983. In October 1990 he was appointed vice president and senior science advisor to the Office of the Chairman.
 "Over his Du Pont career, Howie has provided leadership in a wide range of scientific fields and has been highly instrumental in attracting and retaining an outstanding cadre of scientists," said Du Pont Vice Chairman E.P. Blanchard. "Under his guidance, the corporate research programs within Du Pont have become strong contributors to the heart of our technology."
 Simmons, 62, a native of Norfolk, Va., received the B.S. degree in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951 and the Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from M.I.T. three years later.
 He has done research in synthetic and physical organic chemistry and in theoretical chemistry. He was a Sloan professor at Harvard University in 1968 and Kharasch professor at the University of Chicago in 1978, and has been an adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Delaware since 1970.
 Earlier this year, he was awarded the Chandler Medal for achievements in chemistry from Columbia University. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1975. In 1986 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
 In 1990 he was appointed by President Bush and confirmed as a member of the National Science Board. He also was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Society of the Chemical Institute.
 He is president of the Board of Trustees of the University of Delaware Research Foundation and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon national social fraternity.
 Simmons and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Greenville, Del. Their two sons, Howard E. III and John W., are employed by Du Pont.
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