Bachelor of Science, University North Dakota, 1952. Master of Arts, University North Dakota, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1964.
From instructor to assistant professor, Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1958-1965; from assistant professor to professor, California State University, Fullerton, 1965-1991; professor emeritus, California State University, Fullerton, since 1991.
With United States Army, 1952-1954. Member American History Association (Pacific Coast branch), California Studies Association, California History Society, History Society Southern California, Western History Association (Oscar Winther award 1977).
Son of Hugh Gordon and Mary Lucille (Jackson) P. Divorced; children: Roy, Zona, Zreata, Mike.