1 son, Hans Erik. Came to the United States, 1946, naturalized, 1959. Assistant institute for research in place names, dialects U. Gothenburg, 1929-1942, docent U. Gothenburg, 1936-1941, research fellow, 1937-1938, professor, 1945. Faculty Filip Holmguists Handels Institute, Gothenburg, 1930-1932.
Docent U. Lund, Sweden, 1941-1946, research fellow, 1942-1946. Staff Svenska Akademien Lund, Sweden, 1942-1945. Visiting professor Scandinavian langs. and literature University of California, 1946-1949, professor, 1949-1971, chairman Scandinavian department, 1951-1959.
Member American Scandinavian Foundation. Member Modern Language Association American, American name Society, Society Advancement Scandinavian Study (president), Royal Gustaf Adolf Academy (Stockholm), Royal Society of Humanities (Uppsala, Sweden), Modern Language Teachers Association, Vetenskaps Societeten Lund, Royal Society Letters, Uppsala, Royal Gustav Adolf Academy, Royal Society Letters and Science, Gothenburg. Knight of Royal Order of the North Star, (Sweden).