In Memoriam: Geoffrey Simpson, Class of 1957

The Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Sedgwick Simpson, Class of 1957, died on February 9, 2018 in Yetminster, England. Born in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1932, his father was an Episcopal Priest. He was educated at Hamilton College before study for ordained ministry at General.

After ordination Simpson served parishes in Whitefish Bay and Pewaukee, Wisconsin, before moving to England to study at Cambridge University. While serving at St. Bartholomew’s, Pewaukee, he was arrested for his participation in the Prayer Pilgrimage Freedom Ride in 1961. As part of the pilgrimage, Simpson, along with fourteen other Episcopal clergymen, traveled from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi where they were arrested on September 13, 1961.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in History in 1960 and returned to the U.S.A. where he taught for a few years at Bucknell University. Simpson then returned to England where he served for a short time as Chaplain to the University of Birmingham, then as Rector of the benefice of St. Peter and St. Paul in Shoreham, Kent from 1963 to 1990, and finally as Rector of “The Street Parishes,” outside of York from, 1992 to 2010.

Simpson is survived by his wife, Mary, two children, Alexander and Johanna, four grandchildren, and his brother Alexander.