Megan D. Simpson nee Demarest, of Chatham, NJ, peacefully passed away on Monday, December 2, 2013. She was 87 years old.
Born to David and Blanche Demarest of Oradell, NJ, Megan attended Englewood High School where she was voted “Most Industrious” by her graduating class. This distinction proved very true as Megan went on to complete her undergraduate program at Drew University by earning straight A’s as one of the University’s first co-eds.
A member of Sigma Phi, Megan graduated cum laude with her Master’s Degree and later with her Ph.D. in English Literature from Drew University. She was later elected to the nation’s most prestigious honor society, Phi Beta Kappa. She taught English Literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University before returning to Drew as a Professor of English and founder of the Writing Center. Megan is a published poet and writer.
Megan is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Doctor Reverend Robert Drew Simpson of Chatham, NJ. She leaves behind her three beloved children, Gwen Wear and her husband Wendell of Kinnelon, NJ; Gary Simpson and his wife Gloria of Avon Lake, OH; and David Simpson and his wife JoAnne of Florham Park, NJ; six loving grandchildren, Jennifer Kraus, Geoff Simpson, Colleen Barry, Chris Barry, Melissa Simpson Adams, and Robyn Simpson; and six cherished great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend a service for Megan at 6:30pm on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Chatham United Methodist Church, located at 460 Main Street in Chatham, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Megan’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834.