Bachelor, University Denver, 1949. Master of Arts, University Northern Colorado, 1951. Certified, Sorbonne, Paris, 1956.
Diploma, University Heidelberg, Germany, 1957. AM (University fellow), Yale University, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy (Hale-Kilborn fellow), Yale University, 1961.
Teacher High School, Snyder and Sterling, Colorado, 1948-1952. Civilian education adviser United States Air Force, Japan, 1952-1956. Associate director Yale Foreign Student Institute, summers 1959-1960.
Assistant director European division University Maryland, Heidelberg, 1961-1965. Director Office International Education, associate professor American Literature University Colorado, Boulder, 1965-1972. Professor American studies, chairman literature University Texas Permian Basin, Odessa, 1977-1982, dean College Arts and Education, 1972-1977, 82-84, Knights of Columbus Dunagan professor humanities, 1984-1987, professor emeritus, since 1988.
Member national advisory council Institute International Education, 1969-1975. Vice president Ector County chapter American Red Cross, 1974-1976. Member Ector County History Commission, 1973-1975.
Served with United States Army Air Force, 1945, brigadier general United States Air Force Reserve Retired. Member American Association of University Professors, Modern Language Association, National Education Association (life), American Studies Association, Western Social Science Association (life, president 1974-1975), Organization American Historians (life), South Central Modern Language Association, Permian Basin History Society (life, president 1980-1981), Air Force Association (life), Air Force History Foundation (life), Reserve Officers Association (life), Retired Officers Association (life), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Claudia Alsleben, December 27, 1957. Children: John Francis, Alice Anne.