In Memory of Dr. Wallace A. Simpson

Dr. Wallace A. Simpson • Photo: Mesa Community College

Third president of Inver Hills passes away August 6, 2022

Dr. Wallace A. Simpson, former president of Inver Hills Community College, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022. Dr. Simpson was the third president of Inver Hills, serving from 1978 to 1984.

Before coming to Inver Hills, Dr. Simpson served as the first president of Rainy River Community College (now Minnesota North College) in International Falls, Minnesota. After leaving Inver Hills, he served as president of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona.

Memorials for student scholarships can be directed to the:

Rainy River Foundation
Inver Hills Foundation
MCC Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement

Star Tribune Obituary: Dr. Wallace Simpson¹

Dr. Wallace A. Simpson • Photo: The Arizona Republic

Simpson, Dr. Wallace A. passed away peacefully on Aug. 6, 2022. He was born on Feb. 2, 1935 in Sisseton, SD, grew up in Minnesota and graduated from Belview High School in 1953. He played basketball, baseball and football and met Rose, his high school sweetheart. They married in 1958 and celebrated their 64th anniversary in June. Wally obtained his BA from Mankato State University after serving in the US Army as a military policeman.

He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate from the University of South Dakota. He served as vice principal at Willmar High School and taught history and art at the Armed Forces Dependents School in Baumholder, Germany, where oldest son Robin was born. Dr. Simpson was the founding president at Rainy River Community College in International Falls, MN, which also served the Nett Lake Indian Reservation.

He and Rose welcomed daughter Nicole and son Chris while living on Rainy Lake. He went on to become president of Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, MN, where he established an educational center and transportation to serve inner city students.


Learn how you can contribute to an Inver Hills student scholarship in memory of Dr. Wallace Simpson by contacting:

Inver Hills Foundation
Inver Hills Community College
College Center

¹ SOURCE: Star Tribune

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