In Memoriam: William E. Simpkin

William Simpkin

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William E. Simpkin, father of Schola’s Artistic Director and Founder, Dr. Deborah Simpkin King, concluded his battle with metastatic cancer of the liver on Monday, June 13, 2016. Bill was a multi-patented inventor in high-efficiency sustainable clean-air power generation and sought-after pianist. He would have been 90 on July 26, 2016.

In addition to his daughter, Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, published writer Peggy Little Simpkin; two grandsons and their wives: Patrick and Elise Terrell King; and Michael and Hannah Miller King, and their newborn, Isaiah Wesley King; and hundreds of grateful devotees of his deeply expressive ministry through music.

The family has named Schola Cantorum on Hudson as a designated organization for memorial donations in Bill’s honor. Schola’s upcoming season has long been planned to highlight the importance and viability of sustainable, safe, clean energy, which is Bill’s living legacy.

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