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Henry Simpers

Class of 1895

Dr. Simpers was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. His citation is below:

During the 53 years he practiced medicine in Chestertown, Dr. Henry G. Simpers was beloved by a host of people, farmers and town folk alike.

Called Harry by all who knew him, he was the physician for Washington College from before World War I until after World War II. During those wars he served on the examining board of the local selective service office.

He was what was known as a general practitioner–a country doctor. He was of that special breed of hardy and talented men who were dying out all across America in the 1950s.

He began practicing medicine in 1900, in what were still “horse and buggy” days. His dedication to serving the people all over Kent County earned him and the country physicians of his day the reputation for “Service to Humanity.”

Born in Chestertown in 1874, he was educated locally and graduated from Washington College in 1895. Four years later he received a master of arts degree, and then earned a doctor of medicine degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons (now the University of Maryland) in 1899.

Harry Simpers was the doctor to Washington College athletes during the period in which Coach J. Thomas Kibler dominated Washington College athletics (between 1913 and 1948). He was a familiar figure on the bench in football games. For other sports he was usually in the stands.

Tall with a comforting manner, Dr. Simpers had his office in his home at 113 Queen Street. It was an office to remember, filled with memorabilia, artifacts and awards from a distinguished career. When he died on Wednesday, September 9, 1953 at the age of 79, the whole county mourned.

It is an honor for Washington College to induct Dr. Simpers into its Athletic Hall of Fame this 5th day of October, 1990.