Name: Lorna KOOI
Given Name: Lorna
Birth: 19 Aug 1900 in Chicago, Illinois
Death: 24 Jan 1995
Mr. BYRD. Mr. President, somebody once asked Ralph Waldo Emerson the secr
et to success. And after a brief pause, Emerson replied, `Make yourself ne
cessary to somebody.'
I know that I speak for all of our colleagues in expressing to our frie
nd and colleague, Senator Alan Simpson, from Wyoming, our most sincere sym
pathies on the death, on January 24, of his mother, Lorna Kooi Simpso
n. As we all know, Mr. President, God only gives us one mother.
Plutarch tells us that Alexander the Great made his mother many magnifice
nt presents, and Antipater once wrote a letter to Alexander, a long lett
er full of heavy complaints against her. And when he had read it, Alexand
er said, `Antipater knows not that one tear of a mother can blot out 1,0
00 such complaints.'
A little less than two years ago, Senator Simpson lost his father, form
er United States Senator Milward L. Simpson. The loss of loved ones is alw
ays a blow to us, but to lose one's parents over such a brief span of ti
me is doubly hard, and I want Senator Simpson and his family to know th
at we understand something of their grief in these days.
But a degree of the sense of loss at the death of Mrs. Simpson is assuag
ed upon contemplating the life and accomplishments of this great lady.
Throughout her life, Lorna Simpson was dedicated to `making herself necess
ary' to others, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson--to hundreds and hundr
eds of other people--in practically everything that she did.
An accomplished musician at both the piano and the Hammond organ, and a ma
sterful vocalist, through her music, Lorna Simpson enriched the lives of t
hose around her. She played the organ and directed the choir at her chur
ch in Cody, Wyoming. Indeed, early in her marriage, her sister prevail
ed on Mrs. Simpson to enter a contest to compose an original `pep song' f
or the University of Wyoming. Reluctantly, Mrs. Simpson went to work, a
nd succeeded in winning the contest with her original `Come on, Wyoming!'
Additionally, however, Mrs. Simpson was also a talented amateur sculptor a
nd artist, and played an active role in promoting the arts throughout h
er entire life.
But that was not the limit of her contributions.
In 1940, Mrs. Simpson was appointed by the Mayor of Cody, Wyoming, to t
he Cody Planning and Zoning Commission. With other citizens, Mrs. Simps
on engaged in a long and successful campaign, complete with a bond issue t
hat passed in 1950, that rendered Cody `one of the most beautiful citi
es in Wyoming.'
Moreover, Mrs. Simpson and her husband were co-owners of the local radio s
tation KODI in Cody, at which Mrs. Simpson often did both programming a
nd on-the-air work. During World War II, Mrs. Simpson was the acting edit
or of the Cody Enterprise newspaper.
And in her `spare time,' as a co-owner with her husband of the Cody Inn, M
rs. Simpson oversaw the restoration of this hostelry to its original grand
In fact, time here does not permit a full recounting of the full reco
rd of Mrs. Simpson contributions to the career of her husband and to her f
amily, as well as to the people of Wyoming and the United States. Suffi
ce it to add that she served as the First Lady of Wyoming during her husba
nd's tenure as Governor
from 1954 through 1958, and accompanied him to Washington during his servi
ce as a United States Senator from 1962 through 1966 after he won an elect
ion to complete the unexpired term of the late Senator Keith Thomson, duri
ng which the elder Senator Simpson was diagnosed with Parkinson's diseas
e, forcing his retirement from the Senate.
On once being nominated `Wyoming Woman of the Year,' Mrs. Simpson said, `T
he Bible does say, `Let your light so shine before men that may see your g
ood works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.'
Certainly, Lorna Kooi Simpson carried with her throughout her life a brill
iant, far-reaching light. She was a genuine `Renaissance Lady.' To refle
ct on her li
Father: Peter W KOOI b: 9 Dec 1866 in Chicago, Illinois
Mother: Mary Helen BROWN b: 22 Apr 1869 in Detroit, Michigan
Milward Lee SIMPSON b: 12 Nov 1897 in Jackson, Wy
29 Jun 1929
in SHERIDEN, SHERIDEN, WYOMING
- Living SIMPSON
- Living SIMPSON