|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1915|
Hot Sulphur Springs
|Death: ||Nov. 4, 1984|
Rio Arriba County
New Mexico, USA
From The Albuquerque Tribune, Monday, November 12, 1984:
Rancher, businessman Alva A. Simpson dies
"Services for Alva A. Simpson Jr., prominent New Mexico businessman and rancher, were pending today in Santa Fe.
Simpson died Saturday of an apparent heart attack after leaving the University of New Mexico-Air Force Academy football game with his family. He was 69.
He was given first aid at the scene in Albuquerque and then rushed to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said. Simpson was a rancher in the Santa Fe area
and for the past 15 years owned and operated Rancho de Abiquiu in Rio Arriba County. He recently sold 7,000 acres of his ranch along the Chama River to the Dar-Al-Islam community.
Part of the entrepreneur's success was attributed to the discovery of uranium in New Mexico after World War II. His holdings also included gas and oil leases.
During the war, Simpson served in the Army in the European theater and after the war remained as the director of the International Refugee Organization. For his work with the
State Department and the refugee organization from 1947 to 1951 in the Middle East, Simpson received the Order of San Sylvester from the Vatican.
Simpson was active in Republican Party politics and served as state welfare director in 1951-52, during the first administration of former Gov. Edwin L. Mechem. He later had a falling out
with the party and switched from politics to business.
He had served on the Santa Fe Downs Board of Directors, and also served as vice president of the horse racing track.
Simpson attended the University of New Mexico and played football for the Lobos in the late 1930s. He was a Lobo supporter, and contributor to university programs, including a $3,000 football scholarship and $5,000 to the Lobo Boosters each year. He also gave $10,000 to the Popejoy Society.
Survivors include his wife, Juliana, a daughter, Maria Elena Reeves of Santa Fe; and four sisters, Mary Ruth Mayfield, Dorothy Howard and Marjorie Dobyns, all of Santa Fe, and Betty Dickerson of Phoenix, Ariz.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Magee Memorial Chapel in Santa Fe."
Alva Adams Simpson (1887 - 1975)
Ruth Miller Simpson (1892 - 1977)
Anneliese A. Simpson (1923 - 2008)
Maria Elena Simpson Reeves (____ - 2015)*
Alva Adams Simpson (1915 - 1984)
Mary Ruth Simpson Mayfield (1916 - 2006)*
Dorothy Simpson Howard (1920 - 2001)*
Barbara Lee Simpson (1921 - 1962)*
Betty Jane Simpson Dickerson (1923 - 2002)*
Marjorie Dell Simpson Dobyns (1927 - 2010)*
Santa Fe Memorial Gardens
Santa Fe County
New Mexico, USA
Plot: Garden of Devotion Plot 109, Space 5
Maintained by: Kathleen
Originally Created by: Ladybug
Record added: Sep 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58909478
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