Thomas Henry Simpson

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September 13, 1947 ~ January 19, 2023

Born in: Auburn, NY
Resided in: Dearborn Heights, MI

Thomas Henry Simpson, PhD of Dearborn Heights, MI, an Associate Professor of Audiology at Wayne State University (WSU), passed away on January 19, 2023, at the age of 75. He was born September 13, 1947, in Auburn, NY and was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford John Simpson and Agnes Day Simpson, and his daughter, Kylie Taylor Simpson. Tom is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn C. H. Simpson, his sisters PJ (Gus) Haidaris and Judy Day of Rochester, NY and extended family including stepchildren Miron Hamilton, Tqunish Hamilton, Donnell Covington, Ciara Covington, Anthony Covington, many cousins and nieces and nephews on both sides of his family.

Tom earned his PhD in Audiology from Michigan State University in 1984 and served on the faculty at WSU since 1990. His numerous research and teaching interests were in the effects of noise on hearing loss prevention and occupational hearing loss. Tom loved teaching his WSU audiology students so much that he continued teaching until his recent retirement in 2022. He was especially grateful to Andrea for her extraordinary kindness and support during his time at WSU.

Tom was a gifted musician who performed in various bands touring east of the Mississippi in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s. Tom’s personality was one of a kind-he loved to make people laugh. He was caring, generous, compassionate, thoughtful and kind to everyone. Tom made many friends along the way.

The family requests that any memorials in Tom’s name be made to your favorite charity.

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Memories Timeline


    • Yes, he will be missed. A very kind and gentle man. He loved teaching, and he was great at it! Thank you Dr. Simpson ❤️

  1. I’m so sorry to hear this. He was such a wonderful professor. I was his student in 2012. I’ll never forget his silly personality. He was also so helpful whenever he was needed. May you rest in peace Dr. Simpson.

  2. Dr.Simpson was one of the best teachers I have had. Intelligent but humble, never took himself seriously while masterfully teaching the most important concepts of our profession. Genuine and caring. Honest and vulnerable. Fair. Being a new immigrant, I was never treated by him any different to my peers.
    I will never forget his generosity in sharing his wisdom. Dr Simpson, I will honor you by striving to be as kind and giving with my students. RIP.

  3. Dr. Simpson was such a kind, respectful and generally lovely person! I had him
    as a professor over 20 years ago and still remember his smile and lighthearted demeanor so clearly! You will be missed, Dr. Simpson! Condolences to his whole family and everyone that he was close to.

  4. Dr. Simpson’s humor and passion for teaching inspired me to pursue my studies in Audiology. I will never forget the stories that he used to share with us about his experiences and career. Thank you so much, Dr. Simpson, and may you rest in peace

  5. Sorry to hear that Dr. Simpson has passed. He was a good professor and a good man. I fondly think back on the breaks he’d take during class where we would continue the conversation or hear his thoughts on current events. He will be missed.

  6. Dr. Simpson was a kind and gentle soul. He enjoyed teaching and telling us stories about his experiences. Always being humble and funny. You will be missed Dr. Simpson.

  7. I liked him. He was smart, talented and fun to be around. Enjoyed many MSHA parties with him. Sad to hear of his passing.

  8. Dr. Simpson will always be remembered for the kindness and compassion he showed my daughter (a Wayne State student) when her father unexpectedly passed away. Our condolences to all who loved him. He touched many hearts.

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