Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Nebraska Teachers College, 1935; Juris Doctor with distinction, George Washington University, 1939; Doctor of Laws (honorary), Chadron State College, 1993.
Typist, auditor, General Accounting Office, Washington, 1935-1939; lawyer solicitor's office, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, 1939-1945; chief basic commodity division, United States Department of Agriculture, 1945; general counsel, Group Health Association, Washington, 1943; general counsel, Holly Sugar Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1945; vice president, Holly Sugar Corporation, Colorado Springs, 1953-1963; president, Holly Sugar Corporation, Colorado Springs, 1963-1967; Chairman of the Board, Holly Sugar Corporation, Colorado Springs, 1967-1969; director, Holly Sugar Corporation, Colorado Springs, 1983-1988; vice Chairman of the Board, member Executive Committee, Holly Sugar Corporation (merged with Imperial Sugar Company), Colorado Springs, 1986-1988; vice president, general counsel, Holly Oil Corporation, 1955-1963; senior partner, Rouss & O'Rourke, Colorado Springs and Washington United States counsel, Union Nacional de Productores de Azucar, Mexico, 1970-1982. President Man Executive, Inc., Colorado Springs and Washington. Chairman examining committee 1st National Bank Colorado Springs, 1983-1984.
Board of directors Colorado Public Expenditure Council, vice chairman, Executive Committee, 1968-1976. Director National Chamber of Commerce of the United States, 1968-1970. Trustee, president Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 1961-1962, 68-71, 73, chairman advising committee, 1981-1984, honorary trustee, 1988.
Founder, 1st chairman Colorado Committee (now Council) on Arts and Humanities, 1963. Member Business and Industry Advisory Committee Organization of European Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, 1969-1971. Adviser United States delegations International Sugar Confs., Geneva, 1965, Mexico City, 1959.
Chairman Colorado Springs-El Paso County Citizens' Task Force on Local Government Reorganization, 1976-1977. Member American Society Sugar Beet Technologists, International Society Sugar Cane Technologists, Federal Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, El Paso County Bar Assn, Order of Coif, Cheyenne Mountain Country Club, El Paso Club, Garden of Gods Club, Sugar Club, Metropolitan Club (Washington), Rotary, Phi Delta Phi.
Married Ruth Rouss, January 21, 1940. Children: Susan, Kathleen, Brian, Dennis, Ruth, Dolores.