William G. Simon, 84, former head of the Los Angeles FBI office and contemporary of J. Edgar Hoover. Born in Douglas, Ariz., Simon was educated at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., and UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall Law School. As an FBI agent for 24 years, Simon headed major investigations into espionage, kidnapping and other key crimes. He ended his service as special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office, retiring in 1964 to practice law as senior partner in the firm Simon & Sheridan. Simon served as president and trustee of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation honoring the law enforcement icon who had been his boss. As a civic leader, Simon was a regent for Mount St. Mary's College, board chairman of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Los Angeles, trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and Boalt Hall Trust, and board member of the Los Angeles Oncologic Institute. On Friday in Newport Beach.
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