Speaker Heastie Statement on the Passing of Simons Foundation Co-Founder Jim Simons

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the Simons Foundation Co-Founder Jim Simons.

Jim was a brilliant mathematician and understood the important role science and math play in our future. Throughout his life he donated billions of dollars to support grand scientific endeavors and lower barriers of access to all those dreaming of innovation.

This effort led him to make the largest unrestricted donation to a university in American history with a $500 million pledge to Stony Brook University last year. As a proud Stony Brook alumnus, I understand the vast impact this investment will have on future generations of students as they work toward a brighter and better tomorrow.

Jim’s loss is tremendous, but I know that his legacy and the incredible work of the Simons Foundation will continue to thrive in his abscence due to his unwavering dedication.

I pray that his wife Marilyn and all his family find comfort during this difficult time and I extend my deep condolences for their loss.