Bachelor, Southern Methodist University.
Professional baseball player, 1929-1932; with, Kroger Company, 1934-1955; merchandise manager, Kroger Company, Little Rock, 1950-1952; buyer, Kroger Company, Cincinnati, 1953-1955; marketing supervisor, Needham, Louis & Brorby, Chicago, 1956-1959; senior vice president, administrative manager, account director, McCann-Erickson, Chicago, 1960-1973; retired, McCann-Erickson, 1973; senior vice president, International Council Community Churches, Homewood, Illinois, 1975-1977; president, International Council Community Churches, 1977-1980; president emeritus, International Council Community Churches, since 1981. Director printing company. Consultant Commision on Religion in Appalachia.
Chairman drive United Fund, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1969. Chairman congregation Park Ridge Community Church, 1967-1968. Served with United States Army Air Force, 1943-1947, European Theatre of Operations.
Member National Council Churches (governing board), Consulation on Church Union (delegate), World Council Churches (representative), Chamber of Commerce, Phi Beta Kappa. Clubs: Playboy, Marketing Execs, Elks.
Married Lorrean W. Essenpreis, March 20, 1937. 1 child, Karen Annual.