Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Rutgers University, 1949. Postgraduate, University Oklahoma.
Hydraulic engineer, unites states department Interior Geological Survey, Trenton, Plainview, New Jersey, Texas, 1949-1953; principal, Gaum Professional Engineers, Trenton, 1953-1959; supervisor civil engineers, Board Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, Washington, 1961-1962; chif basin planning Ohio river division, Army Corps Engineers, Cincinnati, 1962-1968; chief interagency & special studies, Army Corps Engineers, Washington, 1968-1973; chief central planning and management, Army Corps Engineers, Washington, 1973-1980; senior water resources engineer, Greenhorne & O'Mara, Greenbelt, Maryland., 1981-1985; president, Resources Engineering Inc., Arlington, Virginia, 1985-1990; chief Executive officer, Gaum & Associations, Kensington, Maryland., since 1985. Senior advisor United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, 1986-1988.
Chairman citizens advisory committee City of Blue Ash, Ohio, 1963-1965. Sergeant United States Army, 1942-1945. Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers (president national capitol section 1985-1986, chairman emergency assistance committee 1980-1985, policy committee 1988-1991, 1st chairman water resources planning and management division 1976), American Water Resources Association.
Member International Association Navigation Congresses (chairman since 1969, publication committee 1991, Appreciation award 1977, 81), Washington Society Engineers (board directors since 1990), Professional Photographers American Inc., International Freelance Photographers Organization, Engineers Council Maryland (board directors 1988-1992).
Married Ruth Ellen Banks, February 26, 1955. Children: Virginia Lee Collison, Carlann Ruth Fergusson.