Commercial design certificate, School Practical Art, Boston, 1950. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, University Alabama, 1955.
Art editor Quarterly Review, Air University, Montgomery, Alabama, 1955-1957. Assistant production manager George Braziller (public), 1957-1959. With Kiplinger Book Club, Washington, 1959-1960.
Design and production manager Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1960-1969. Associate director University Missouri Press, Columbia, 1969-1973, director, 1974-1988. Assistant director, design production manager University North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1988-1990.
Design director Hillside Studio, 1990-1993. Publications advisory committee American Geological Society, 1983-1986.
Served with Army of the United States, 1946-1948, 50-51. Member American Institute Graphic Arts, Association American University Presses (board directors 1979-1981).
Married Lois Catherine Thayer, November 24, 1954. Children: Edward Thayer, Stuart Hildt, Mary Elizabeth, Charles Ward.