Bachelor, Louisiana State University, 1947; Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford (England) University, 1950.
Instructor Hofstra College, Hempstead, New York, 1950-1951. Assistant professor Indiana University, Bloomington, 1951-1952. Assistant editor American Book Company, New York City, 1953-1954.
Assistant professor Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland, 1954-1956, Texas Technological College, Lubbock, 1958-1961, Kansas State University, Manhattan, 1961-1964. Associate professor Olivet (Michigan) College, 1964-1966. From associate to full professor Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, 1966-1989, professor emeritus, from 1989.
Educational advisor R.J. Best, Inc., San Francisco, since 2001.
Corporal United States Army, 1943-1945. Fellow Royal History Society. Member American Association of University Professors, North America Conference on British Studies, United Oxford and Cambridge University Club.