Dr. Wessylyne Alford Simpson

Retired Dean of Education at Langston Dead at 90 on Nov. 30

Dr. Wessylyne Alford Simpson, 90, the retired dean of the Department of Education & Behavioral Sciences at Langston University, died on Nov. 30.

After her retirement, Dr. Simpson became a consultant for and a teacher in the newly-established graduate program in the Langston Department of Education.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 11 at Temple & Sons Funeral Directors.  Rev. Everett Mack officiated.

Dr. Wessylyne Alford was born on Nov. 1, 1930, in Little Hill to Wesley D. and Emily Dunlap Alford.

She graduated valedictorian from Clearview High School, graduated from Langston, and received a master of sciences degree and a doctor of education degree from Oklahoma State University.

In 1978, she was named Teacher of the Year by Langston.

She was a member of the board of directors of the Southern Regional Education Board.

Dr. Simpson was a member of the Society of Professors of Education and a charter member of the Epsilon chapter of the Phi Delta Kappa sorority.

In addition, she was a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Also, she was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society.

Dr. Simpson served as director of the Mid-Western Region of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority from 1986-1990.

While serving as regional director, Dr. Simpson established the Outstanding Golden Member and the Outstanding Senior Member Awards.

During her tenure, the Wessylyne Alford Simpson

Outstanding Graduate Member Award was established.

She had served as basileus of the Alpha Upsilon Omega chapter of the sorority in Langston and held other leadership positions.

She is the author of “Promises:  Heritage of an African-American Family,” which chronicled the descendants of Solomon Alford.

Dr. Simpson is survived by her husband, James A. Simpson.

Also, she is survived by a daughter, Dr. Lynne Simpson Harding; and a son, Michael A. Simpson Sr.

In addition, she is survived by a sister, Violet Alford Patterson.

Other survivors are three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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