His formal education at Ferris Institute, Big Rapids, Michigan
was interrupted in 1917 when he joined the Aviation Section of
the Signal Corps. He served in England, France and Germany
during World War I.
He opened a wholesale produce business in Ann Arbor, Michigan after
the war. In 1927 he began a career in chamber of commerce work
as secretary of a small He then served for 10
years as manager of the National Chamber's Western Division, and
in 1939 became General Manager of the Los...