Bachelor of Science, Northeast Louisiana College, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Louisiana State University, 1962.
Instructor chemistry Louisiana State University Agricultural and Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, 1962, assistant professor, 1965-1969, associate dean chemistry and physics, then dean junior division, 1969-1975, dean General College, 1975-1981, acting chancellor, 1978, chancellor, 1981-1988. Scientist Marshall Space Flight Center-National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1963-1964.
Served with United States Army, 1962-1965. Member American Chemical Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.
Married Joan Monette McPherson, November 21, 1956. Children: Sherri Shannon, John Scott.