Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, University Michigan, 1937. Education (honorary), University Michigan, 1965. Doctor of Science (honorary), Illinois College, 1966.
Engineering trainee, Grumman Corporation, Bethpage, New York, 1936; senior layout engineer, Lockheed Corporation, Burbank, California, 1937-1949; chief, preliminary design, Lockheed Corporation, Burbank, California, 1949-1953; assistant general manager, director engineering, Lockheed Missiles & Space Division, Sunnyvale, California, 1953-1961; general manager, corporation vice president, Lockheed Space Division, Sunnyvale, 1961; corporation vice president science and engineering, Lockheed Corporation, Burbank, 1962-1963; assistant secretary R & D, United States Army, 1963-1966; senior vice president science and engineering, Lockheed Corporation, Burbank, 1966-1974; corporation director, Lockheed Corporation, Burbank, 1972-1980; senior advisory, Lockheed Corporation, Calabasas, California, 1974-1976; senior vice president aircraft, Lockheed Corporation, Calabasas, California, 1979-1980; senior advisor, Lockheed Corporation, Calabasas, California, 1980-1995; president, Lockheed California Company, 1976-1979. Board directors George C. Marshall Institute, Washington.
Chairman aeronautical and space engineering board National Research Council, 1960, aeronautical panel Naval Studies Board, 1989—1992, Army star study board Army Science & Technology Committee, Washington, 1988—1991. Army strategic technical committee, 1989—1991. Member National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Council, 1978—1985.
Trustee Leelanau Center for Education, Glen Arbor, Michigan, 1987. Fellow: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (honorary). Member: National Academy of Engineering (various committees, founders lecturer), National Aeronautical Association (Wright Brothers lecturer 1982, board directors), Royal Aeronautical Society, Tau Beta Pi.
Married Anita Stanfill, June 22, 1940 (deceased December 1982). Children: Nancy Gay, Willis M. III, James Walter.