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Norman Simon

Longtime B'nai B'rith executive director

September 23, 2009|Times Staff and Wire Reports

Norman Simon, 89, who worked more than 50 years for B'nai B'rith, the Jewish fraternal organization, died Sept. 15 in Marin County, the organization announced. No cause of death was given.

He retired in 1995 as longtime executive director of the L.A.-based western district, which included the West Coast and British Columbia.

Born April 25, 1920, in San Francisco, Simon started with B'nai B'rith as a volunteer basketball coach. In 1945, he became regional director for B'nai B'rith's Northern California youth organization and in 1956 was appointed assistant director of the western district. He was named executive director in 1960.

B'nai B'rith has 100,000 members and supporters engaged in religious, political and community activities.

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