Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1947. Master of Science, Louisiana State University, 1948. Doctor of Philosophy, University California, Berkeley, 1956.
Doctor of Science (honorary), Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, 1980. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Xavier University, Cincinnati, 1983. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Wilmington College, Ohio, 1983.
Instructor civil engring, Michigan State University, 1947; hydraulic engineering fellow, Louisiana State University, 1947-1948; engineer, United States Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1948; research fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1948-1949; assistant professor сivil engineering, Auburn U., 1949-1950; lecturer сivil engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1950-1954; assistant professor сivil engineering, Ohio State University, 1954-1958; associate professor, Ohio State University, 1958-1964; assistant dean, Ohio State University (Graduate School), 1958-1962; associate dean Graduate School, College Arts and Sciences, chairman geodetic science, Ohio State University (Graduate School), 1962-1964; dean off-campus education, associate dean faculties for personnel budget, professor engineering mechanics, Ohio State University (Graduate School), 1964-1966; director College Science and Engineering Dayton campus, Miami University-Ohio State University, 1963-1966; president, U. South Dakot, 1966-1968; executive assistant to president, Ohio State University, 1968-1969; secretary trustees, Ohio State University, 1968-1979; professor сivil engineering, Ohio State University, 1968-1979; vice president administrative operations, Ohio State University, 1969-1970; executive vice president administrative operations, Ohio State University, 1970-1971; executive vice president, Ohio State University, 1971-1973; vice president business and administration, Ohio State University, 1973-1979; vice president, secretary emeritus, Ohio State University, since 1984; chancellor, Ohio Board Regents, 1979-1984; chancellor emeritus, Ohio Board Regents, since 1984; executive vice president, Cranston Securities Company, 1984; president, Lake Erie College, 1985-1986; president, general manager, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, 1986-1988. Consultant сivil engineering since 1954.
Trustee Blue Cross Central Ohio, 1971-1977, 80-82, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, 1980-1985, Riverside Methodist Hospital, 1979-1995, chairman finance and assets committee, 1983-1994, treasurer, 1988-1994, vice-chairman, 1994-1995, chairman, 1995-1996. National advisory council for small business to United States Secretary Treasury, 1975-1976. Steering committee Development Committee Greater Columbus, 1970-1980, chairman, 1978-1979.
National advisory council Small Business Administration, 1973-1976. Board directors Columbus Safety Council, 1970-1979. Board member Greater Columbus Arts Council, 1970-1978, Mid-Ohio Health Planning Commission, 1973-1974, American Universities for Research in Astronomy, 1972-1979, Ohio Transportation Research Center, 1979-1983, United States Health Corporation (now Ohio Health), 1995-1997.
Chairman Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospitals, 1995-1997, member trustees' council, since 1998, trustee emeritus, since 1999. Vice-chairman Ohio Higher Education facilities Commission, 1979-1983. Member Ohio School and College Board Registration, 1979-1983, Ohio Educational television Commission, 1979-1983, Midwest Education Commission, 1979-1985.
Chairman Columbus Symphony Grand Ball, 1983. Chairman judging International Science and Engineering Fair, 1984. With United States Navy, 1945-1946, PTO. Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers.
Member Ohio History Society (board directors 1979-1983), State Higher Education Executive Officers (executive committee 1981-1983), Memorial Society Columbus Area (president 1999-2000, board member), Ohio Commodore, Scioto Country Club, Faculty Club (Columbus), Athletic Club Columbus, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Mu Epsilon, Chi Epsilon, Delta Omega, Romophos, Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Married Joy Wade, January 2, 1954. Children: Jennifer Fairchild, Charles Wade, David Frederick II, Alison Joy.