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Oral History Interview

Arthur F. Simermeyer


Commissioner's Message 11/2/99

To: All SSA Employees

Subject: In Memoriam, Arthur and Marie Simermeyer

It is with great sorrow that I must inform you that former SSA employees
Art and Marie Simermeyer are presumed dead following the EgyptAir Flight 990 crash Sunday morning.

Art served for 38 years with SSA, and Marie worked here for several years before leaving for family responsibilities. As many of you know, Art contributed significantly to the agency's success. Art began his long career as a claims rep in New Rochelle, N.Y., and later served as a senior executive in the Bureau of SSI, the Bureau of Disability Insurance, the Office of Systems and the Office of Central Operations. He was the executive in charge of the launch of the agency's 800 number system in 1988, and was also instrumental in implementing the agency's Systems Modernization Plan.

Art and Marie leave many friends among both former and current SSA employees,
and I join all of you who knew them in expressing our heartfelt sympathies
to the Simermeyer family.

Kenneth S. Apfel,
Commissioner of Social Security
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