President Simpson broke ground for the new biology building, Olmsted Hall of the Biological Sciences, given to the college by Robert G. Olmsted, his wife, Louise MacCracken Olmsted ’32, and their daughter, Dr. Nancy Olmsted ’60. A former president of Adelphi University, Mr. Olmsted was a Vassar trustee. Mrs. Olmsted was the niece of Vassar President Henry Noble MacCracken, and Dr. Olmsted, a specialist in pediatric pulmonary disease, earned a M.S. degree at Stanford and her M.D. degree at Yale.

The new building was a product of the recent $52 million Capital Campaign. Other campus improvements made possible by the campaign and occasioned by the college's decision to become a larger, coeducational institution were the new Town Houses and Terrace Apartments, the central dining facility in the Students' Building, the Hallie Flanagan Davis Powerhouse Theater and the Helen D. Lockwood Library.