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    The Erin Nicole Simpson

    204 Books Project and Science Scholarship Fund

    In Memory of Erin Nicole Simpson

    September 9, 1978—August 14, 2019

    “A Little Girl Who Loved to Read and Learn”

    “I shall find out thousands and thousands of things—I shall find out about people and creatures and everything that grows—and the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” Frances Hodgson Burnett 

    HAVING A DAUGHTER MEANS KNOWING

    YOU HAVE GIVEN THE WORLD SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD 

    Erin Nicole Simpson, is the beloved daughter of Roger and Pamela (Kester) Simpson. Loving older sister of Emily Kay Simpson. Erin was only 40 when she was taken from us, but throughout her life, Erin was—

    “MORE THAN WAS HOPED FOR”

    To keep Erin’s light burning, her family established the Erin Nicole Simpson 204 Books Project and Science Scholarship Fund. A veracious reader her whole life, when Erin was only four years old, she was already reading at a 5th grade level.  As a small child, Erin won 1st place at the local library’s summer reading program contest by reading 204 Books.  In memory of our Erin, along with the science scholarship, the fund will donate 204 books yearly to local libraries.

    An LTHS graduate, Erin studied at Johns Hopkins and Beijing University. She worked an internship at Cook Country Hospital and graduated in 2000 from Illinois Wesleyan.  A 2003 graduate of Columbia University, New York—with a Master's Degree in Public Health, Erin’s life was replete with a pursuit of science.  A former employee of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and, more recently, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  A passionate gardener, lover of her Poodle Pals, an expert cook, and classic rock aficionado—the loss of our precious and adventurous Erin is beyond words. Erin’s dedication, loyalty, ethical and compassionate devotion to research and Science impressed us and made us so proud. Her social and political conscience; admirable and imitable.