AB, Bucknell University, 1932. Master of Arts, Oberlin College, 1933. Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan, 1936.
Professor philosophy, Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Missouri, 1936-1940;
professor philosophy and psychology, U. South Dakot, Vermillion, 1940-1946;
professor philosophy, Davidson College, North Carolina, since 1946;
Richardson professor, Davidson College, since 1967;
Dana professor, Davidson College, since 1974;
emeritus, Davidson College, since 1976. Visiting professor College Charleston (South Carolina.), 1951. Member of faculty U. North Carolina at Charlotte, part-time, 1947-1948, Barber-Scotia College, Concord, North Carolina, part-time, 1951-1952.
Member regional selection committee Woodrow Wilson Fellowships Foundation, 1960-1962. Ford Foundation Faculty fellow Columbia, 1952-1953, Cooperative Humanities program fellow U. North Carolina-Duke, 1967-1968.
Member North Carolina Philosophical Society (president 1951-1952), American Association of University Professors, American Philosophical Association, Southern Society Philosophy and Psychology, Philosophy Discussion Club Charlotte.
Married Helen Sarah McLandress, August 25, 1936 (deceased 1992). Children: Robert John, Jean Helen (Mistress Thomas H. Poston).