Bachelor, Earlham College, 1943; Master of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1946; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1954; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Cornell College, 1987.
Instructor, College of Wooster (Ohio), 1949-1953; assistant professor, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa., 1954-1957; associate professor, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, 1957-1961; professor, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, 1961-1987; dean, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, 1983-1987. Member Commision on Institutions of Higher Education, North Control Association, 1971-1975 (consultant evaluator 1974-1983).
Member Mount Vernon Board Education, 1965-1971, president, 1967-1971. Member Mount Vernon's City Council, 1990-1996. Trustee Cornell College, 1993-2005.
Member American Association of University Professors (national council 1960-1963, 1st vice president 1966-1968, committee on academy freedom 1963-1972), Organization American Historians, Latin American Studies Association, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Vivian Eleanor Yergey, June 30, 1950. Children: Philip Edwin, Ann Marie, James Eric.