Bachelor, University Notre Dame, 1954. Master of Arts, Marquette University, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, University Nebraska, 1972.
Instructor English department, Creighton U., Omaha, 1956-1958; assistant Professor of English, Creighton U., Omaha, 1958-1972; associate professor, Creighton U., Omaha, 1972-1987; Jacobson professor communications, Creighton U., Omaha, 1984-1986; professor department English, Creighton U., Omaha, since 1987; department chairman, Creighton U., Omaha, 1981-1990.
Member American Association of University Professors, Notre Dame English Association, New Chaucer Society (charter), Yeats Drama Foundation, American Conference for Irish Studies, Kavanagh Society.
Married Joan Frances Fangman, December 27, 1954. Children: Margaret, Eric, Kristin, Monica, David.