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William R. Simpson M.D.


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William R. Simpson M.D. Obituary
May 7, 1928 - February 1, 2017 Doctor William R. Simpson, long time member of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, passed away peacefully at his home on February 1, 2017. A highly principled and humble man with a dry and witty sense of humor, Doctor Simpson touched the lives of thousands of patients and students. He was a renowned facial trauma reconstructive surgeon as well as a demanding but fair ear, nose and throat professor. He was inspired to become a doctor when he obtained his first aid merit badge in Boy Scouts. He challenged himself and his students by extension to embrace the values instilled in him as a young man in this organization. He achieved Eagle Scout status as a sixteen-year-old and lived the ideals of helpfulness, trustworthiness, and always being prepared. He grew up in Alameda, California, the youngest of three children and was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated from UC Berkeley. Later, while in the National Guard during the Korean conflict, he obtained his pilot's license and a lifelong love of flying was born. He did some post-graduate work at Pacific Union College where he met his future wife, Claudia Childs. They met again when he attended Loma Linda Medical School which happened to be where Claudia was obtaining her nursing degree. They married in 1958. Doctor Simpson graduated from Loma Linda in 1961, completed his residency in otolaryngology at Los Angeles County/USC and never left. He spent the next 30 years at Los Angeles County/USC as a surgeon and professor of ENT. When not working, he enjoyed sailing with family and friends at Pinecrest Lake in the Sierras, a place he first visited as a Boy Scout. His Scottish heritage influenced his love of the bagpipes; the sound of which would bring tears of joy to him even as a child. Family was always a priority to Will and friends often became like family. He was a mentor to many who remember him fondly. Dr. Simpson is predeceased by the love of his life, his wife of 53 years, Claudia Childs Simpson and his son, William Lindsay Simpson. He is survived by his daughter Dr. Karen Simpson Webster, son-in-law Stephen Webster, grandchildren Nicholas Webster, Vincent Simpson, and Andrew Simpson, sister-in-law Marilyn Borg and brother-in-law Dr. Donald Borg, and beloved nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at The Church of Our Savior, 535 W. Roses Rd., San Gabriel, CA at 11:00 AM on February 11th, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in Dr. William Simpson's name to the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Loma Linda Medical Center, or the Boy Scouts of America. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena Directors.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 9, 2017
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