Bachelor, University Dubuque, 1953. Master of Arts in History, University California, Berkeley, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1961.
Doctor (honorary), University Louisville, 1995. Doctor (honorary), Bellarmine College, 1995.
Assistant research historian University California, Berkeley, 1961-1963, member faculty Davis, 1963-1981, professor history, 1970-1981, academy assistant to chancellor, 1967-1968, assistant vice chancellor academy affairs, 1971, vice chancellor academy affairs, 1972-1975. Academy vice president University California System, Berkeley, 1975-1981. President University Louisville, 1981-1995, president emeritus, since 1995, professor history, 1981-1995.
Married Lavinia Kathryn Lesh, March 5, 1955. Children: Alan Christie, Cynthia Catherine.