Born deaf; attended the Central Institute for the Deaf from ages 3 to high school; regular high school in Dayton, OH, then a hearing college. Postgraduate studies at Southern Methodist University. Worked for the Boeing Company in Wichita, KS as an aircraft design engineer. Earned a private pilot's license about 1947, and was a captain, then major, in the Civil Air Patrol.
We Can!, vol. 2, p.47-50.