Bachelor of Business Administration, Case Western Reserve University, 1942. Iowa, Harvard University, 1943.
Salesman, research executive, International Business Machines Corporation, 1946-1952; management consultant, partner, Robert Heller & Associates, 1952-1956, 59-64; president, Electronic Tabulating Company, 1956-1959; assistant controller, East Ohio Gas Company, Cleveland, 1964-1966; vice president, Providence Gravure, Inc., 1966-1969; vice president, Providence Journal Company, 1969-1978; senior vice president, Providence Journal Company, 1978-1985; president, O'Donnell & Associations, Providence, since 1985. Board directors Charlotte Printing Company, Jackson Newspapers, Inc., Sun CoastMedia Group, Inc., Manisses Communications Group, Inc.
Treasurer Pomenade Industrial Center Association, 1981. Trustee Providence Preservation Society, since 1981, vice president 1986-1987. Trustee Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, since 1979, 1st vice president, since 1985, president, since 1987.
Active Rhode Island History Society, 1984-1987. Vice chairman Providence Off-Street Parking Commission, since 1986. Trustee St. Joseph Hospital, 1973-1977, Industrial Foundation Rhode Island, since 1973.
Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Member Providence Chamber of Commerce (director 1973-1977), American Newspaper Publishers Association, New England Newspaper Association (president 1985), Hope Club, Agawam Hunt Club (Providence), Dunes Club (Narragansett, Rhode Island), Knights of Malta, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Mary Rita Monroe, May 17, 1944 (deceased). Children: C. Patrick, Mary, Martha, Robert J.