Steve Simmers - Retiree Tributes - McDonogh School

Steve Simmers

“Steve Simmers, are you on the radio?”  How many times has that call gone out for either technical help with a construction project or for emergency medical help? Steve has been vital to the operations that have kept this campus running and safe for 37 years.

No one knows the detailed operating systems of McDonogh like Steve. Much of his knowledge stems from his days as a student here. Arriving in 1964 as a seventh grade boarding student, he spent a lot of time exploring the buildings and grounds and doing odd jobs around campus. One of his favorite responsibilities was caring for the horses and the Riding Hall.

Eight short years after his graduation in 1970, Steve returned to McDonogh to work in the Maintenance Shop. From his early position as foreman to his more recent and longtime role as Director of Facilities, Steve’s attention to detail, understanding of utilities and construction, ability to manage contractors, and knack for problem-solving have served the school incredibly well. For decades, his hands and his vision have touched every project on this campus, no matter the size.

Among the most notable projects of Steve’s career are the R-L Center, the Rosenberg Aquatic Center, the Burck Center, the Lower School expansion, the Kindergarten building, the Eagle’s Nest Riding Hall, the Naylor Building, and the Edward St. John Student Center. He even put on a tool belt and helped build a campus house addition.The list goes on and on.

Perhaps most important, Steve cares for people. Formerly a long-time lieutenant with the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Steve is a skilled firefighter and emergency medical technician. He has “come to the rescue” of our students, faculty, and staff countless times. Just knowing he is a radio call away has been a true comfort to our community.

Steve, thank you for being on the radio and for taking such good care of us, our campus, and our buildings all of these years. We wish you the very best as you retire to your farm in Harrisburg, far away from a radio.