Famous Veterans: Passing of Criminal Defense Attorney and Marine Corps Pilot – F. Lee Bailey
#FamousVeterans: Just heard of the passing at 87 of high-profile criminal defense attorney (represented O.J. Simpson), F. Lee Bailey.
Here’s a short history of his early years:
Bailey was born in Waltham, Massachusetts. His mother was a teacher and nursery school director, and his father an advertising salesman. His parents divorced when he was ten. Bailey attended Cardigan Mountain School and then Kimball Union Academy, where he graduated in 1950. He studied at Harvard University but dropped out in 1952 to join the Navy, then transferred to the United States Marine Corps. Bailey was commissioned as an officer and, following flight training, received his Naval Aviator wings in 1954. He served as a jet fighter pilot, and then began to serve as a squadron legal officer. While there, he became a legal officer in training and wound up handling nearly 200 cases during his military service.
He briefly returned to Harvard before being admitted to Boston University School of Law in 1957, which accepted his military experience in lieu of the requirement for students to have completed at least three years of undergraduate college courses. While attending Boston University, he achieved the highest grade point average in the school’s history. He graduated with an LL.B. in 1960 and was ranked first in his class.
F. Lee Bailey… another on a long list of FamousVeterans.com