July 26, 1944 Revisited in 2009 by Bill Brainard

Remembering Bill Brainard, Sr., AIA

West Palm Beach architect and past president of AIA Palm Beach Bill Brainard, AIA, has passed away at age 94. Bill entered the University of Florida in 1941 to study architecture. His education was interrupted by the onset of World War II with Bill joining the U.S. Army Air Corp. He served as a radio operator - gunner in B-17 bombers with the 15th AAF, 301st Bomber Group, 32nd Bomber Squadron, in Foggia, Italy. His aircraft was shot down over Austria on his 22nd mission resulting in Bill becoming a POW for the balance of the war. He was one of the 9000 plus prisoners of Stalag Luft IV until they were liberated at the end of the war. Bill returned to UF and graduated with his degree in architecture in 1951. He served the West Palm Beach community in an exemplary manner throughout his long career serving as Palm Beach County School Board Architect for a number of years as well operating a private architecture practice. He was predeceased by his son William W. Brainard, Jr, who passed in 2015. He is survived by his wife Rainey, of 64 years and his daughter Jamie as well as two grandchildren, many friends and respected colleagues. A beautiful service was conducted in his memory on August 22, 2016, by his long time friend and fellow architect Howarth L. “Hap” Lewis, Jr., FAIA (also a past president of AIA Palm Beach).


I start to get ready for my return to Austria Family helps with the packing This will be Rainey's first trip to Austria so she can share the experience Check-in at the airport We wait for our flight Time to change planes Tom and Gail Spencer join us on the trip 10 11 12 13 14 St. Stephen's Cathedral, Austria's most eminent Gothic edifice, houses a wealth of art treasures 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

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