Bachelor, University of California, Berkeley, 1954.
Owner, Hassaram Rijhumal Kessel Painting Company, San Francisco, 1949-1958; manager library division, G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York City, 1958-1961; marketing director, Collier Macmillan Company. New York City, 1961-1963; marketing director, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1963-1985; director, East Bay Regional Park District, Oakland, California, 1975-1992.
President Alameda County History Society, 1993-1994, since 1996. With United States Navy 1946-1948. Member California Native Plant Society (vice president publications 1980-1987), Citizens for Urban Wilderness Areas (board directors since 1984), Lake Merritt Breakfast Club Foundation (board directors since 1997), Book Club of California (editor-in-chief 1990-1996).
Married Esther Ann Partanen, February 6, 1950. Children: Joanna Libby Curtis, Lori Alene Torrano.