Educated Hopkins Grammar School, New Haven, 1903. Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1907. Master of Arts, Columbia, 1909.
Student, Ecole Sciences Politiques, Paris, 1911.
Secretary American Embassy, Berlin, 1912-1916, Brussels, 1917. In Department of State, Washington, 1917-1920. American Embassy, Peking, 1920-1923.
Resigned 1924; in private business, Los Los Angeles Director Security First National Bank, 1925-1929. Trustee Occidental College 1926-1948, California Institute Technology, since 1938, chairman board directors, 1954-1962. Member of the board of governors Los Angeles County Museum.
Southern California, Symphony Association, 1934-1948, Pasadena Civic Music Association, 1944-1946, Town Hall of Los Angeles, 1941-1945. V. chairman Greater Los Angeles Plans, Inc. President Hollywood Bowl Association, 1932-1934, Pasadena War Chest, 1942-1944, Polytechnic Elementary School Pasadena, 1940-1948, Pasadena Hospital, 1923-1936, California Graduate School of Design, 1939-1942.
Director Pasadena Community Chest, 1939-1945. Chairman management committee Huntington Hospital, 1936-1946. Chairman advanced committee, Los Angeles Company General Hospital, 1939-1947.
Member of the board of governors Los Angeles County Museum. Member of the board Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara Museum Art. Received Arthur Noble Pasadena award, 1943.
Clubs: California, Sunset (Los Angeles).
Married Margaret Kirk, March 14, 1912. Children: Merritt Kirk, Billings Kirk.