AB, Harvard University, 1952. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1967.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Xavier University, Louisiana, 1990. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Minnesota, 1997. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), College St. Scholastica, 1993.
Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University St. Thomas, 1996. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Central College, 1998.
Assistant to committee on admissions and scholarships Harvard, 1955-1956. Reporter Minneapolis Star, 1958-1960. Assistant to business manager Minneapolis Star & Tribune Company, 1960-1961.
Director admissions Harvard, 1961-1966. Assistant to dean Harvard (Faculty of Arts and Sciences), 1966-1969, assistant dean for finance affairs, 1970-1971. Lecturer on education Harvard (Graduate School Education), 1967-1971.
Executive director Bush Foundation, St. Paul, 1971-1978, president, 1978-1997. Visiting professor Macalester College, 1997-2000, research associate, 2000—2008. Consultant Council Higher Education Virginia, 1969, West Virginia Board Regents, 1970.
Board overseers Harvard College, Harvard University, 1973-1979. Trustee St. Paul Academy and Summit School, 1997-2006. Board directors Council on Foundations, Washington District of Columbia, 1985-1992, chairman board 1990-1992.
Trustee Foundation Center, New York City, 1975-1983, chairman board 1982-1983. Chairman Minnesota Council on Foundations, 1981-1985, College Board, New York City, 1994-1999. Chairman Minnesota Legislation Task Force on Student Aid, 1993.
Chair regents candidate advisory council University Minnesota, 1997-1999. Chairman Minnesota Humanities Commission, 2004-2006.
Member Belmont (Massachusetts) Town Meeting, 1969-1970. District chairman Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, 1995. Served to Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1952-1955.
Married Elisabeth Adams Wakefield, January 7, 1956. Children: Elisabeth M., Eleanor H., Julia L.