Studied economic and social changes in Hong Kong, Singapore and Manila in 1939.
During his time in the society, he wrote more articles for the magazine than anyone else before or after his time, over eighty articles from 1914 to 1949. He was known for traveling around the world whilst writing articles for papers and magazines, concluding with his 35-year stay in the Society, during which he wrote an award-winning article about Oklahoma, in 1941. As a youngster, from 1878 to 1896, Simpich started his long career as a newspaper editor in large cities including Shanghai, Manila, and San Francisco, but later switched to magazines, including Saturday Evening Post, Nation"s Business, and Argosy.
In 1909 he temporarily forsook journalism to take a post with the United States Foreign Service.
Literary work however, continued his principal avocation, and his first article, a piece of the Garden of Eden written from Baghdad, in the magazine was contributed in 1914, beginning a 35-year service with the Society. As a diplomat, he went to countries such as Germany, Turkey and Mexico, where he served as the United States. Consul general, performing services to British, German and Chinese nationalists, during the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
Foreign his excellent services, he received official thanks from the governments. His years in the Foreign Service, from 1909 to 1923, were interrupted briefly in 1918, when he served with the United States. Army Intelligence.
Returning to literature, he contributed majorly to many American magazines during an April 1923 visit to Latin America.
His full service with the National Geographic Society began in 1927, when he was hired by Doctor Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor to join the magazine"s staff, and this is where he remained for the rest of his life. He went to various locations around the world, including Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia. He gathered all material needed for his articles, and all the photography was done by him.
Upon becoming Assistant Editor in 1931, he focused mainly on publishing "biographies" of as many of the 48 States as he could, writing down information about their natural resources, people, cities, and landmarks.
Almost all articles about United States States from 1931 to 1949 were written by him. By the late 1940s, though, his health was failing.
Nevertheless, he continued to write articles for the magazine right until his death. His final article, So Much Happens along the Ohio River was published days before his death.
On January 24, 1950, Simpich was preparing for a flight to Texas to work on an article about the state when he was diagnosed with a sudden and deadly yet unknown disease.
He was rushed to the Garfield Hospital in Pomeroy, Washington, where he died the next day on January 25, 1950, at the age of seventy-one. A funeral was held on January 28. Simpich is possibly the greatest writer about United States. states that the Society has ever had, and as of 2015, remains the man who wrote the most articles in the history of the Society.
He was well known and loved by all his colleagues.
Returning diplomacy, he became consul general in Guatemala in 1920, where he became a trade adviser and a member of the country"s Division of Western European Affairs.
Married Margaret Elliot Edwards, August 7, 1909. Children: Frederick Edwards, George Cary, William Morris.