Hawley Simpson, the sixth ITE President from 1939 to 1941, was born in
Iowa in January, 1899. He attended the University of Michigan and received a Bachelor's
Degree in Civil Engineering there in 1922. After leaving college he went with the Michigan State Highway
Department for two years as a draftsman and surveyor in highway design
and construction. He then spent two years in Detroit with a consulting firm engaged
in design and construction of streets and utilities and in city
1925 he became traffic engineer of the City of Detroit and in 1927 for
another two years he was the traffic engineer of Essex County, New
Jersey working on traffic surveys and plans there.
next two years were with the American Transit Association as research
engineer on transportation and traffic research.
Mr. Simpson was perhaps the first Institute member to devote a
great deal of time and study to transit problems.
In his work with the American Transit Association he became
active in labor matters, arbitration and the like and became a spokesman
for the transit industry before the National War Labor Board.
World War II he served as a consultant without pay to the Office of
In mid-August 1945 after World War II was over, Mr. Simpson
opened a consulting office in Philadelphia.
Activities of his firm related almost entirely to transit.
In 1947 he formed a partnership with John F. Curtin specializing
Simpson was a founder and one of the staunchest supporters of the
Institute in its early days.
He was its first Secretary for a long period from 1930 to 1935,
was Vice President from 1937 to 1939 before becoming President.
avid writer and lecturer he won the Arthur M. Wellington prize from ASCE
He retired from his consultant practice in the 1970s and moved to
Florida where he died in September, 1974.