Bachelor of Engineering summa cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1961; Master of Science, University of Illinois, 1963; Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1966.
City engineer, City of Lebanon, Tennessee, 1959; design engineer, City of Nashville, 1961-1962; instructor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1965-1966; assistant professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1966-1969; associate professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1969-1975; professor engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, since 1975; department chairman civil and environmental engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, since 1980. Assistant to governor for environmental affairs, State of Tennessee, 1972-1974. Consultant infield.
Board directors Tennessee Environmental Council, Nashville, 1971-1976. Board directors Tennessee Conservation League, Nashville, 1974-2003, vice president, 1977, president, 1978-1980. Trustee Cumberland Museum, Nashville, 1986-1992.
Trustee Cumberland University, Lebanon, since 1996, member executive committee, 1996-2002, 04—, secretary-treasurer, 2000-2002, 04-07, chairman 07—. Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers. Member American Water Works Association (life), Water Environmental Federation (life), Association Environmental Engineering Professors (emeritus, Landmark Paper award 2001), Tennessee History Society, Hillwood Country Club, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon.
Married Betty Tucker, March 19, 1961. Children: Carol Elizabeth Thackston Nixon, Leah Virginia Thackston Hawkins.