Darwin Simpson appreciates the importance of a high-quality hospice program. His father received hospice care several years ago at his home in Arkansas.
“Boy, they did such a great job with him,” Simpson said.
He is impressed by the services offered through Spartanburg Regional Hospice.
“How many places have a hospice home like ours? And Spartanburg Regional Hospice does in-home support as well or better than anyone else,” Simpson said.
As chair of Spartanburg Regional Foundation Hospice Division, he is passionate about raising money to support these programs.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “You can’t do any of these things without money.”
Simpson, who wraps up his tenure as Hospice Division chairman this fall, is no stranger to leadership. He is the retired President and CEO of Univar Corp., a global chemical distribution company. As a member of the U.S. Army National Guard, he rose to the rank of Major General. He is a former member of the Wofford College board of trustees.
Since retiring nearly a decade ago, Simpson chaired the board of St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic and the Spartanburg Humane Society. He is a past president of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. He was honored by the Kiwanis Club and the Spartanburg Development Association for his community service. This year received the Neville Holcombe Distinguished Citizenship Award
Simpson has also taken a new job (without pay) in retirement: He is the director of the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport. He has a pilot’s license and used the airport for business. Under Simpson’s leadership, the airport has undergone significant renovations and expansions.
The airport is a key partner for the Spartanburg Regional Foundation as the site of the annual Hangar B dance party, which raises money to support heart services at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.
Asked about his willingness to serve and take on leadership responsibilities, Simpson talks about his love for Spartanburg and for bringing about positive change. Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Hospice Division has certainly been well served by his vision and advocacy.
“Darwin is one of those people who brings so much energy to anything he does. But he also brings steadiness and wisdom,” said Shelly Sinclair, Foundation Director of Philanthropy and liaison to the Hospice Division board. “We are grateful for his leadership and friendship and know that patients and families in our community have benefited from his service.”