Bachelor, Antioch College, 1953. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1962.
Doctor Philology (honorary), Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga, 1991.
Instructor to assistant professor, Oberlin College, Ohio., 1957-1963; associate professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1963-1967; professor Slavic languages, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1967-1991; department chairman, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1986-1989; professor emeritus, Ohio State University, Columbus, since 1992. Consultant National Endowment for Humanities, 1978-1979, exchange fellow, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1977-1979. Director National Endowment for Humanities summer seminars, 1975, 77, 83, 84, 86, 88.
Cons., lecturer, organizer cultural events Lithuanian-American Community Organisation, since 1949. Member Institute Lithuanian Studies (president 1977-1982), Association Advancement Baltic Studies (president 1973-1974), American Association Teachers Slavic and East EuropeanLangs., American Association Advancement Slavic Studies, Association Russian-American Scholars.
Married Milda Zamzickaite, August 31, 1955. Children: Victoria, Alex.