Remembering Dr. A. B. Simpson…on the 100th Anniversary of His Death

October 29, 1919. One hundred years ago our founder, Dr. Albert Benjamin Simpson went home to be with the Lord. In “The School That Vision Built,” a centennial review of Nyack College 1882-1982, Robert L. Niklaus a 1955 alumnus wrote the following.

“By 1919 Nyack College had sprung from one man’s vision to an established and honored school, from a class of twelve students and two teachers to an academic center with over 400 students and professors, from an abandoned theatre backstage to a suburban campus.”

“…Even in death, Dr. Simpson urged the people on. Dean Turnbull (Dr. Walter M. Turnbull) recorded how the entire student body lined the path from chapel to gravesite on the day of the founder’s funeral. It was a final expression of tribute to the man whose vision had become their own.”

The legacy of Dr. A.B. Simpson lives on through Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary students, faculty and staff, as well as the more than 32,000 alumni serving in over 80 nations worldwide. Nyack continues to pursue its mission of preparing men and women to take the whole Gospel to the whole world.

Dr. Michael Scales, 10th president of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, in a statement observing this milestone day in Nyack history said, “Few men or women have ever reflected God’s heart for the world as powerfully as Albert Benjamin Simpson. Simpson once wrote, ‘We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to.’ Truly, the lives of men and women in every corner of the world have been touched by the work, vision and legacy of Dr. Albert Benjamin Simpson. Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary continue to be shaped by this “whole Gospel” and the call to give it to the entire world. We take this call seriously and we take it personally, as Dr. Simpson did. Nyack and ATS are not monuments to Simpson’s vision, but living extensions of it.”