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Langston University Remembers Dr. Wessylyne Alford-Simpson


We remember the incredible life of the great Dr. Wessylyne Alford Simpson who passed away on November 30, 2020 at the age of 90. Dr. Simpson gave nearly 40 years of service to education at Langston University serving in a number of capacities. She was a well-respected educator, role model, mother, grandmother, wife, mentor and friend. Dr. Simpson retired from her beloved Langston University as Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Sciences in 1987.


During her time at LU, she served in numerous capacities serving as a Chemistry Professor, Dean of Women, and the Dean of Education. Even after her retirement, she came back to work as a consultant to assist with the accreditation process in the School of Education as late as the mid-1990s and taught for the newly established Graduate Program in the School of Education. Dr. Simpson was also a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she served as the 22nd Mid-Western Regional Director from 1986-1990.


The LU family is grateful for her dedication to Dear Langston and her legacy will always be remembered. We are grateful for her impact and the difference she made in the lives on so many of our students. We celebrate her life and her service with her family and friends.


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