Bachelor, Louisiana State University, 1954. Master of Arts, Louisiana State University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Louisiana State University, 1967.
Instructor, theatre director Howard College (name changed to Samford University), Birmingham, Alabama, 1956-1959. Teaching assistant Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1960-1963. Associate professor East Carolina University, Greenvillle, North Carolina, 1963-1988, retired, 1988.
Dialect coach The Lost Colony, Manteo, North Carolina, 1985. Director Actors Theatre Southeast, Greenville, 1988.
Member Southern Speech Communications Association (honorary life), Speech Communications Association, Southeastern Theatre Conference, North Carolina Speech and drama Association (president 1971), Greenville Singles Club (parliamentarian 1987-1997), Skinner Institute (certified), Phi Kappa Phi (vice president Louisiana State University chapter 1954).