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William Kelly SimpsonThe Board of Trustees and staff of Caramoor were saddened to learn of the March 24, 2017 passing of former Trustee, William Kelly Simpson, who served on the Board from 1973 to 2014. We remember Mr. Simpson as a courtly gentleman, a Professor of Egyptology at Yale with highly enviable academic, authorial, and curatorial credentials, with national and international awards to his credit, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an honorary doctorate. He and his late wife Marilyn were quite generous to Caramoor and other local organizations, such as the Katonah Museum of Art and the Friends of the John Jay Homestead. Mr. Simpson was often in attendance at Caramoor concerts and our special events like our Music Room Opera Benefit Concerts and the various June Galas. Beyond being loyal audience members, through the Marilyn M. Simpson Charitable Fund and other foundation support, they made many significant contributions to Caramoor over the years, particularly for capital projects and for the mentoring and opera programs, most notably by establishing the Marilyn M. Simpson Opera Fund endowment.

In January 2018, Caramoor was extremely grateful to receive word that the organization was to be a surprise beneficiary from Mr. Simpson’s estate. A new endowment in the name of William Kelly Simpson has been funded with this very generous $250,000 bequest.

We thank Mr. Simpson for his forethought in making these arrangements in his estate planning.

Like Mr. Simpson, our founders, Walter and Lucie Rosen had the forethought to make plans for Caramoor’s future, and we hope you will think of Caramoor when considering your future. We would be so honored if you would consider adding us to your estate plans and joining with Mr. Simpson and the Rosens in growing your legacy.

If you would like more information about planned giving at Caramoor, or to notify us of your intention to include Caramoor in your estate planning, please contact Junetta Maxfield at 914.232.5035 ext. 409 or