Bachelor of Music, Central Methodist College, 1953. Master of Music, Eastman School Music, 1959. Doctor of Music, Eastman School Music, 1968.
Director music, Columbia (Missouri) Public Schools, 1953; director music, Crystal Missouri Public Schools, 1959-1962; director instrumental music, Rochester (New York) City School District, 1962-1966; professor music, Edinboro (Pennsylvania) State College, 1966-1982; chairman music and drama department, Edinboro (Pennsylvania) State College, 1973-1982; dean continuing education, Edinboro (Pennsylvania) State College, 1982-1983; associate vice president academic affairs, Edinboro (Pennsylvania) State College, 1983-1987; professor speech and communication studies, Edinboro (Pennsylvania) State College, 1987-1991; consultant, speaker, Doctor Don. Panhorst Associations, Edinboro, since 1992.
Commander United States Navy, 1953-1958. Member National Speakers Association, Pennsylvania Bandmasters Association (president 1972-1973), Toastmasters International (district governor 1983-1984), Ohio Speakers Forum (secretary 1991-1992, vice president 1993-1995), Erie Tri-State Chapter American Society Training and Development (secretary 1992-1994).
Married Dorothy May Carmichael, June 13, 1953. Children: Lynda May Panhorst Lawrence, David Wayne.