In memoriam: Roger Simpson, retired faculty

February 5, 2017

Roger SimpsonThe Department of Languages mourns the death of Roger Simpson, a retired Senior Lecturer of Spanish. He passed away on February 4, 2017 at the age of 62.

Roger was a graduate of Clemson University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages and M.Ed. After having taught Spanish at the high school level for fourteen years, Roger began teaching at Clemson University in August of 1999. His teaching responsibilities included Elementary Spanish for which he was a course coordinator.

CAAH Dean Richard Goodstein said that Roger was actively engaged in the life of the Department of Languages and was loved by colleagues and students alike. “The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities will long feel his loss,” he said. Roger was the Foreign Language Placement Test Coordinator, Hospitality Director for the Department of Languages, and co-editor of the Clemson Polyglot (the department’s newsletter). Additionally, he served on the Declamation Contest Committee; this contest is an annual poetry recitation contest for high school students. He retired in December 2016.

The 45th Annual Declamation Contest on October 22, 2017 will be dedicated in memory of Roger. His unwavering dedication and commitment to the contest, to his colleagues and to his students will always be appreciated and remembered.

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