Robert William Simpson|
Robert W. Simpson, MD died on Thursday, February 13th, 2014, at his home on Mercer Island, WA, of natural causes and at the age of 98. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dottie, and by three sons, two step-sons, and their respective families. Bob was born in Juneau in 1915, and was a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, Stanford University and the Stanford University School of Medicine. He served in the US Navy during World War II, was attached to the Marines and was a surgeon on Guadalcanal, Guam and several other South Pacific locations. He met and married the former Bess Johnson, of Tallahassee, FL, in the mid-1940's, and they moved from San Francisco to Seattle for Bob to start his medical practice. They had 5 boys and eventually settled on Mercer Island. They divorced during the mid-1960's and Bob later married the former Dorothy Thurber, of Seattle, in 1968. They enjoyed a long and happy life together for over 45 years. Bob was an avid reader, a life-long skier (he was one of the Founders of Crystal Mountain, Inc.) and he and Dottie were long-time members of the Seattle Yacht Club. Bob was Commodore of the Yacht Club during The mid-1990'S. Following his retirement from medical practice; he and Dottie spent many summers boating and touring the Inside Passage of British Columbia, always managing to return in time for the first Husky home game of the season! Bob was a Clinical Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington and would want any gifts or remembrances to be sent to that institution. He was also a past-President of the King County Medical Association and member of the state licensing board. Dorothy was the love of his life and his thoughts were of her, to the very end.
A remembrance of his life will be held at the Seattle Yacht Club, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., on Saturday, the 8th of March.
Rest in Peace, Bob, you will be missed by all who knew you.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 27 to Feb. 28, 2014