William C. Lazarus earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering a the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1933 and was commissioned as a Reserve officer in the Army the same year. He volunteered for active duty in October 1940 and became involved in the Glider Development and Production Program at Wright Field, Ohio.
Lazarus served in England and France evaluating the glider programs used during World War II. After the war he was released from active duty but was recalled to active service again during the Korean War.
In his civilian life he worked for the State of Florida and the Chase Aircraft Company before accepting a civil service position at Eglin Field, Florida, where he later retired.
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