Bachelor, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1952. Master of Arts, Pennsylvania State University, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 1958.
Instructor, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1957-1960; professor, Ohio State University, Columbus, 1969-1988; from assistant professor to professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1960-1969; visiting professor, U. Hawaii, Honolulu, 1965; visiting professor, Indiana U./Institute Technology Mara, Malaysia, 1985-1987; visiting professor, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1989-1995. Instructor Peace Corps volumes Milwaukee, 1964-1968. Professor in charge Ohio State University classical rhetoric study tour, Greece and Italy, 1970.
Member Washington Island, Wisconsin Archives Commission, 1992. Member Speech Communications Association (sustaining life), various state and local history societies.
Married Nancy Jean Farquharson, June 13, 1953.