Bachelor, Mercer University, 1950. Master of Arts, Oklahoma State University, 1956. Doctor of Philosophy, University Oklahoma, 1964.
Instructor, then assistant professor Tulane University, New Orleans, 1963-1966. Assistant professor University Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1966-1967. From associate professor to professor, 1967-1983.
Adjunct professor University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 1983.
Married Judith Harcourt Ryder, January 29, 1960. Children: Catherine Nancy, Cynthia Mary, Christina Judith, Michael James.