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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 37, September 11, 2022, Article 7

DAVID B. SIMPSON (1938-2022)

Scott Miller submitted this obituary of ANS and New York Numismatic Club officer David Simpson. Thank you. The photo is of David visiting the Cornell campus in 2020. -Editor

David Simpson at Cornell campus 2020 cropped David Baruch Simpson (1938-2022) passed away on September 5, 2022. A numismatist for most of his life, he began collecting world crowns, and later turned to Greek Imperial (Roman Provincial) coins depicting mythological subjects. Many of these were shown in an exhibition at Cornell Art Museum in 1994, and published in the accompanying catalogue Emblems of Authority: Greek and Roman Coins from Two Alumni Collections. In recent years, David turned his collecting interest to medallic art, with an emphasis on World War I, German Expressionist medals, and medals depicting skulls and skeletons. Another interest was in modern art medals; he frequently lent material for exhibition at Medialia Gallery in New York City.

David Simpson joined the New York Numismatic Club in 1979. Following the club's Cursus Honorum, he served as president from 2002-4, and for many years was on the Board of Directors. David was also active as a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, and was a member of Council for several years.

  David Simpson NYNC club medal obverse David Simpson NYNC club medal reverse
David Simpson's New York Numismatic Club Presidential Medal

David received his BA from Cornell University, and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1963. He completed his military service as a JAG reserve officer. Afterwards, he practiced commercial and residential real estate law in New York and New Jersey for more than fifty years. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, three children, three grandchildren, a brother, and his many friends.

Here's an excerpt from his New York Times obit. -Editor

SIMPSON--David Baruch, was born on October 12, 1938 to Selma (Randell) and Leonard Simpson in New York City. He attended Hunter Elementary School and Music and Art High School. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1960, where he majored in English. He was an active member of the Cornell Daily Sun and the Sphinx Head Society. David went on to graduate from Columbia Law School in 1963, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and he completed his service commitment as a JAG reserve officer. He married Nancy Mae Stein in June 1964. They lived in New York City before moving to Tenafly, New Jersey where they would raise three children, Laura, Catherine, and Gideon, and where he would continue to live for the rest of his life.

David practiced commercial and residential real estate law for over 50 years in both New York and New Jersey. David was a true intellectual, and had a rare love for inquiry. He read and absorbed astonishing amounts and published multiple law review articles in national journals. He was also deeply interested in people and was a tremendous conversationalist. David was a passionate numismatist for much of his life, collecting coins and medallic art. He was a Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, serving on its Council for several years, and was actively involved with the New York Numismatic Club, serving as President from 2002-2004, and later on its Board of Directors.

He could tell you what restaurants, bookstores, and other establishments had once been on just about every block of Manhattan. Most importantly, he was interested in and supported whatever his children and grandchildren were doing, whether it was riding horses, studying math, or fencing. He adored more than anything his three grandchildren, Sam, Michael, and Rachel Bueker, all of whom found him funny, brilliant and always a bit outrageous.

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