Estate Gift Salutes Family Doctor

The Dr. Samuel Lloyd Simpson Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 by members of his family and a bequest from the estate of his daughter, Betty Jo Simpson Oswald (’69, ’72).

Simpson was a well-known country doctor who practiced in the Leonard, Novelty, Bethel and Shelbina areas for many years, providing health care to rural and community residents. During his 30 years in practice, Simpson, who passed away in 1950, officiated the births of more than 2,500 babies, having never lost a mother.

The Simpson family has a deep history with the University. Betty Jo received Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts degrees. Her son and daughter, Sam Duncan (’70) and Deborah Coco (’72), are also graduates.

The scholarship will support full-time Truman students who are natives of Shelby County, Mo. The scholarship will be fortified with additional gifts from Sam Duncan and matching gifts from his former employer, Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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