Bachelor of Business Administration, Sam Houston State University, 1959.
Auditor, Arthur Andersen & Company, Houston, 1959-1961; chief accountant, Tenneco Inc., Houston, 1961-1992; vice president, Omega Resource Group, Houston, 1992-1994; vice president, Chief Financial Officer, Career Visions, Inc., Houston, 1994-1995; account executive, Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc., Houston, 1996-1997; account executive, H.D. Vest Investment Securities, Inc., Irving, since 1997. Redistricting consultant Texas State Legislature, Houston/Austin, 1990-1991, 95-96. Treasurer, member Executive Committee Tenneco Employees Good Government Fund, Houston, 1983-1992.
Treasurer Texans for Education, Austin, 1991-1992, Pachyderm Club, Houston, 1989-1992. Delegate Republican Party, 1976-1988. With United States Army, 1956.
Son of Harlen JayVan and Nannie Faye (Hamilton) P. Divorced; children: John Harlen, Debra Darlene Russo.