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Collection 348 Oral History Interview with Sharon R. Simon

Identifier: CN 348

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Sharon "Sheri" Rose Simon in which she describes her childhood, conversion to Christianity, decision to become a missionary, internship in Mexico, and medical work in Haiti.Other topics discussed include:  joining the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society, raising financial support, common health problems, folk remedies, the relationship between the Haitian would view and health care, voodoo, the 1985-86 revolution in Haiti, relations between Catholics and Protestants, worship and preaching, relations among mission agencies, nationalization of mission programs, church/state relations, and the indigenization of the Haitian church.  The time period covered by the interviews is 1961 to 1986.

Sheri Simon was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 4 and 18, 1986 at the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.


  • Created: 1986

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Sharon Rose "Sheri" Simon was born April 14, 1961, in Garfield Heights, OH, to John and Lois Ann Simon. Her parents were divorced (ca. 1968), after which she lived with her mother and then was adopted by an older half brother. She graduated from high school in 1979, the same year she received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. She attended college at Lake Erie College and graduated in 1983 with a B.A., majoring in the Physician's Assistant course. Simon was converted during her sophomore year of college (1980-1981).

During her junior year of college, Simon worked on a short-term basis in a clinic in Mexico to fulfill a graduation requirement; her assignment included classes and work in a clinic supervised by a Mexican doctor. Her experience convinced her to find similar work on a long-term basis. After graduation, she worked at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, OH. Between July 1984 and July 1986 she worked as a medical volunteer with the support of her home church in the Hospital Bon Samaritain in Limbe, Haiti. While in Haiti, Simon witnessed the revolution against and departure of dictator Jean Claude Duvalier, as well as the aftereffects of that political crisis. In the fall of 1986 she returned to Wheaton, IL, to study at Wheaton College Graduate School in the Missions/Intercultural Studies program.

At the time of the interview, Simon was enrolled in the Graduate School in order to complete candidacy requirements of the American Baptist Foreign Missions Board. She discontinued her studies for health reasons at the end of her first semester. In July 1987 she married Rich Roby. The Robys accepted a one-year appointment at the Hospital Bon Samaritain in 1988, where they worked until mid-1989, after which they returned to the United States. During their year in Haiti, the Robys adopted an infant Haitian girl, whom they named Georgette.


4 Audio Tapes

162 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Sheri Simon in November 1986.

Acc 86-121, 86-125

December 21, 1993

Paul A. Ericksen

C. Easley

Collection 348 Oral History Interview with Sharon R. Simon
Paul Ericksen
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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