The Simpson Memorial Institute
It's "just down the street from the new Cardiology Building," notes C.F. Gehrke, M.D., and is named for "Henry James Simpson, a Detroit industrialist, who [suffered] from Pernicious Anemia (diagnosis at the time)." Louisa Griffes adds that it was his widow, "Mrs. Catherine MacDonald Simpson," who "donated $400,000 to UM to have the building constructed as a memorial" to him. Originally this Albert Kahn-designed building was a research facility with offices, laboratories and an inpatient treatment ward for patients with blood disorders, Griffes continues; it now "houses the Center for the History of Medicine."
Pamela Kittel won our random drawing among sixteen entrants. "OMG!" she exclaimed. "It's about time." She'll enjoy her $25 gift certificate at Grizzly Peak.
To enter this month's contest, use the clue and photo on the "Back Page" of the January Observer to find the spot shown, then follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.
[Originally published in January, 2011.]
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