Bachelor, University North Carolina, 1965.
Expert on tea and its role in economic and cultural history in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
President North Beach Neighbors Association, San Francisco, 1997-1999. Member American Premium Tea Institute (founder), Darjeeling Planters Association, Imperial Tea Court (honorary director since 1993), Tea Society (founder).
Married Charlotte Aleta Saunders, May 1, 1979 (divorced January 1992). Children: John Norwood Davis, Rowell Aleister Sterling, Ananda deStefano.