Bachelor, University North Texas, 1955. Master of Arts, University North Texas, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, Tulane University, 1961.
Instructor, Victoria (Texas) College, 1956-1957; instructor, Tulane University, New Orleans, 1958-1959; instructor, assistant professor of history, U. North Texas, Denton, 1959-1965; associate professor, U. North Texas, Denton, since 1965.
Chairman Denton County History COmmn., 1970-1977.
Married Joyce LaVerne Masten, January 2, 1949. Children: Roger D., Phyllis Suzanne Odom Kovoly, Daniel, Patrick.