Bachelor of Science, Emporia State College, 1944. Postgraduate, University Denver, 1947. Master of Fine Arts, Yale University, 1958.
Critic in stage design, Yale University, New Haven, 1954;
critic in stage design, U. Denver, 1964-1965;
assistant professor stage design, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1956-1966;
associate professor, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1966-1969;
professor, Brooklyn College, CUNY, 1969-1975;
president, Eldon Elder Associations, New York City, since 1975. Theater designer and consultant Theatre Projects Cons., New York City, 1982-1986. Participant cultural exchange tour Department State to Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Poland, 1965.
Visiting critic U. Georgia, 1979. Guest professor design Ohio U., 1979. Visiting professor scene design Carnegie Mellon U., 1983-1990, University of Illinois, 1990-1991.
Lecture tour China at invitation Chinese Theatre Association, 1988, International Design Exhibition, Shanghai, China, 1989. Fulbright distinguished lecturer Control Academy Drama and School Architecture, Tsinghua U., Beijing, 1993.
Served to Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1947, PTO. Member of the United States Institute Theatre Technology (board directors 1956), United Scenic ArtistsAm., National Theater Conference.