A multitalented jetsetter, energetic, athletic, generous, and courageous, Martin Bernard Carruthers Simpson had made his mark on the competitive world of international high finance. A native of South Africa, he came to the United States in 1965 after living in Canada and became a citizen in 1972. His undergraduate degree was from Cambridge University in England. He had Master's degrees in both law (1958) and economics (1970) from New York University. He was founder, director, and president of his own brokerage company in New York, New York.
In his youth, Martin traveled to every country in Africa. He never forgot the land of his birth and continued to give to charities in Capetown as well as to his school, Michaelhouse.
He married a Canadian, Patricia Hand, and took her on a two-and-a¬half year honeymoon to South America, Australia, the Far East, Africa, Iran, and Iraq. The filmed record of this extensive trip was shown on the BBC. In addition to his wife, Martin is survived by his grown children, Rachel and David.
One friend talked of Martin's outstanding characteristics as courage, tenacity, and "unconditional loyalty." Another friend speaking at the memorial service, recalled Martin's keen intellect and "a mind that was so well-trained that he could have a truly prodigious capacity for productive work. With this came the rare skill of cutting through to the essence of an issue, shaping it and moving ahead...there was a sense of motion to everything Martin did."
The eulogy concluded by citing a verse from a poem by Matthew Arnold that epitomizes the life of Martin:
Is it so small thing,
To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done,
To have advanced true friends and beat down baffling foes?
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