KEMPER HALL OF FAME

PATRICH “Patty” SIMPSON

Mrs. Simpson joined the Kemper faculty in the fall of 1967 where she taught English.  She is a graduate of Hot Springs High School in Arkansas.  Her undergraduate work was started at Southern State University in Magnolia and completed at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.  Her graduate work is from Henderson State University and the University of Missouri in Columbia.

While at Kemper, she started and sponsored cheerleading squads for both the high school and the junior college levels.  The college cheerleaders were selected from Columbia College, and the high school squad was a coed team comprised of students from Boonville High School and Kemper.

After her Kemper tenure, she became a co-owner of the Gaslight Inn in Boonville while teaching at the Missouri Training School for Boys where her efforts were responsible for many of her students earning their GED's.  Her last teaching opportunity landed her in Fulton, Missouri, where she taught everything English, both in regulars and honors, grades 9-12.  She also taught publications and sponsored both the school yearbook and the school newspaper.  She further sponsored National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America, SADD, pep club, and was an assistant girl's track coach.

Patty, along with her husband, has been actively involved in the dog show world.  She was an active participant in the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club where she was an officer and served on its board for several years.  Today she and Bill support Rescued Racers of St. Louis and have been instrumental in finding lasting homes for retired racers.  They share their home with two retired racers, a Doberman, and a whippet, and three "God-sent" cats.