Bachelor of Science, Yale, 1926. D. England (honorary) Renssalaer Polytechnic, 1948. Honorary Doctor of Science, Hillyer College, 1956, Trinity College, 1959.
President, director United Aircraft Corporation, East Hartford, Connecticut, 1943-1956, chairman and chief executive officer, 1956-1983. Chairman board, director United Aircraft of Canada Ltd. Director First National City Bank (New York), Southern N.E. Telephone Сompany, Travelers Insurance Company, Hartford National Bank & Trust Company.
Member board of trustees Hartford Young Men’s Christian Association, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Member National Industrial Conference Board, Connecticut Public Expenditure Council. Aerospace Industries Association (chairman 1955, 61).
Married Lela Thomas Shumate, June 25, 1926. Children: Leonard M., Lela Burwell.