Dr. Dazelle Dean Simpson, 1925-2020

Dazelle Dean Simpson, MD, died Feb. 9, 2020, in Miami. She was 95.

Dr. Simpson was the first African-American pediatrician in Florida to become certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). She received her certification in General Pediatrics on Oct. 1, 1957.

A native of Miami, Dr. Simpson graduated from Fisk College in Nashville, TN, in 1945. She earned her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville in 1950. She and her husband, George Simpson, MD, (whom she met at Meharry) moved to Coconut Grove, FL, after graduation, and practiced medicine in the Miami area for more than 40 years. Dr. George Simpson was the first board-certified African-American surgeon in Florida.

Dr. Simpson was a renowned advocate for children, especially African-American children in Florida.

“It was evident how Dr. Simpson left her mark through her strong beliefs in family, community, preventive care, advocacy, and philanthropy,” said Jennifer Walton, MD, MPH, chair of the pediatric section of the National Medical Association (NMA), in announcing Dr. Simpson’s death to her NMA colleagues. “Clinicians and city officials adored her, and Dr. Simpson was their children’s pediatrician.”

In addition to her husband, Dr. Simpson is survived by sons George Jr., Gregory, and Gary; grandchildren Joelle Simpson Taylor and George Simpson III; and five great-grandchildren.

A litany service will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, and the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Feb. 22, both at Christ Episcopal Church in Coconut Grove.

For details, see Dr. Simpson’s obituary.