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Justin Simpson ’62

Born in Seattle, Washington, Justin graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland. After attending Reed and Portland State University, he received his master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and then an MAT from Minnesota State University.

Justin served as a specialist in the U.S. Army Chemical Center and School in Fort McClellan, Alabama. He married Barbara Summerville in Nooksack, Washington, in 1970. For nearly 30 years, he taught special education at Kasson-Mantorville High School in Minnesota and Mankato East High School. As coach of the Mankato East Academic Decathlon Teams, he led the teams to state championships at the national competitions. He served as coordinator of the Sunday school and chairman of the council for Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter, and with Barbara spent most summers in Oxford, England, and Portland.

The couple were active in the Saintly City Cat Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Justin served on St. Peter’s planning and zoning commission, volunteered for the Arts Center of St. Peter, and was an avid card player and a student of the history of the British monarchy. He is survived by his wife, Barbara.

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