Ralph C. Simpson
1907 - 1966
Ralph Simpson began his career as a singing evangelist and then sang for a year as a second tenor in the Voice of Prophecy King’s Heralds Quartet in 1940-1941, before the radio program was first broadcast nationally in 1942.
Ralph was born in Rome, New York, the third of seven children of Ralph Earl and Helen Louisa Clements Simpson. His father was a nurse and a worker in the church, and his mother was a well-known singer at camp meetings, her arrangement of “Never Part Again” being a favorite of those who heard her sing. The family had lived in Massachusetts and Vermont before moving to Rome the year before Ralph was born.
Ralph attended Washington Missionary College, now Washington Adventist University, and then worked as a minister in the Columbia Union and in California. After leaving the quartet he continued to work as an evangelist on the East Coast and then in California. Simpson and his wife, Charlotte, had two children. He was living in Los Angeles when he died at age 59.
Sources: Robert E. Edward, Hello America!, 1962, 39; 1978 King’s Heralds 40th Anniversary Program listing of personnel; The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 22 October 1925 (obituary for his father), 21; 27 June 1935 (obituary for his mother), 22; California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Ralph C.);Pacific Union Recorder, 8 May 1967, (obituary for Ralph C.), 7; 1910 and 1920 Federal Census Records.