Student, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, 1933-1937; Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1940; Master of Arts in Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1941; postgraduate, Frudakis Academy Sculptor, 1986-1988.
Visual artist, Philadelphia, 1946-1952, 65-68; art director, Smith Kline French laboratories, Philadelphia, 1952-1957; art director, Wyeth Pharmaceutical, Radnor, Pennsylvania, 1957-1965; professor, art, Northampton College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1968-1974; instructor, The Art Institute of Chicago Philadelphia, 1974-1984.
Board of directors Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts Fellowship, 1989-1991. With United States Navy, 1943-1946.
Married Janet Keys Landy, September 22, 1945. Children: Richard Christopher, Michael Landy, William Joseph Junior.