Student, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1931. AB, University of California at Los Angeles, 1934.
Staff, Uttar Pradesh, Washington, 1934-1936, Wall St. Journal, 1936-1938. Assistant director information wage and hour division United States Department Labor, 1938-1939. Assistant director information United States Maritime Commission, 1939-1940, acting director, 1940-1941, chief sales and charter section, 1945-1946.
Director information special assistant to secretary Department Interior, 1946-1949. Governor Territory Guam, 1949-1953. Chairman board Bank of Guam, 1949-1951.
Executive assistant to president American President Lines, San Francisco, 1953-1958. Finance vice president, director Fairbanks Whitney Corporation, New York City, 1958-1963. Chairman board Pratt & Whitney Company, 1962-1963.
Proprietor Skinner & Company, San Francisco, from 1963. Chairman board Air Micronesia, Inc., since 1968. United States commissioner S. Pacific Commission, 1961-1964, senior United States commissioner, 1964-1970.
Member Federal Territory Commission to prepare economic plan for Guam, 1964-1966. Honorary consul general Republic of Nauru for United States, 1971-1981.
Served with United States Coast Guard, 1941-1945. Commanding officer United States Ship Seacloud 1944, United States Ship Hoquiam, 1945. Permanent appointment Commander Reserve.
Member American Legion, Explorers Club Clubs: St. Francis Yacht (San Francisco).
Married Jeanne Rowe, May 1, 1943 (divorced 1970). Children: Franz C., Andrea W., Barbara M. Married Solange Petit, 1970.