Bachelor, University Utah, 1954. Doctor of Medicine, University Utah, 1958. Master in Public Health, Harvard University, 1963.
Department of Public Health, Harvard University, 1967.
Intern Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1958—1959. Resident in internal medicine Peter Bent Brigham Hospital-Harvard Medical Service, Boston, 1961—1962. Chief infectious diseases Latter-day Saints Hospital, Salt Lake City, 1968—1969.
Commissioner Health Services Corporation, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1970—1976. Deputy director health Utah Division Health, 1976—1978, executive director, 1979—1983. Chief epidemic intelligence service Center Disease Control, Atlanta, 1959, chief hepatitis surveillance unit epidemiology branch, 1960, chief surveillance section epidemiology branch, 1961, deputy director bureau laboratories, 1964—1968, deputy director of Center, 1969—1970.
Director Centers for Disease Control. Administrator Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 1983—1989. Acting assistant secretary for health United States Department Health & Human Services, Washington, 1985, assistant secretary for health, 1989—1993.
Assistant professor department medicine and preventive medicine University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1968—1969. Acting surgeon general United States Department Health & Human Services, Washington. Associate professor, chairman division community medicine, department family and community medicine University Utah, 1978—1979.
Vice president planning, development, professor preventive medicine and biometrics Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, 1993—1994. 2nd quorum of Seventy Latter Day Saints Church, 1994—2000. President & Chief Executive Officer Avalon Health Care Inc., Salt Lake City, 2005—2007.
Member National Vaccine Advisory Committee, since 2008. Board member National Council Community Behavioral Healthcare, 2008—2009. Physician, consultant to medical services Salt Lake Veterans Administration Hospital, 1977—1983.
Clinical professor department family and community medicine University Utah College Medicine, 1979—1983, clinical professor department pathology, 1980—1983. Clinical professor community health Emory University School Medicine, 1984—1986. Chairman joint residency committee in preventive medicine public health Utah College Medicine, 1975—1980.
Member Utah Cancer Registry Research Advisory Committee, 1976—1983. Member advisory committee Utah Center Health Statistics, 1977—1979. Chairman board Hospital Cooperative Utah, 1977—1979.
Chairman executive committee Utah Health Planning and Resource Development Advisory Group, 1977—1979. Chairman Utah Governor's Advisory Committee for Comprehensive Health Planning, 1975—1977. Member recombinant DNA advisory committee National Institutes of Health, 1979—1983.
Member Governor's Nuclear Waste Repository Task Force, 1980—1983, chairman, 1980—1982. Board directors Utah Health Cost Management Foundation, 1980—1983. Member advisory committee for programs and policies Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1980.
Member committee on future of local health departments Institute Medicine, 1980—1982. Member executive committee, chairman technical advisory committee Thrasher Research Foundation, 1980—1989. Member Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program for Hospital Initiatives in Long-Term Care, 1982—1984.
Member science and technical advisory committee United Nations Development Programme-World Bank-World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, 1984—1989. Member Utah Resource for Genetic and Epidemiologic Research, 1982—1985, chairman board, 1982—1983. United States representative World Health Organization Executive Board, 1990—1993.
Author (with Half-Life Bodily and E.L. Updyke): Diagnostic Procedures for Bacterial, Mycotic and Parasitic Infections, 1970. Author: (with M.H. Maxell, K.H. Bousfield and D.A. Ostler) Funding Water Quality Control in Utah, Proceedings for Lincoln Institute, 1982. Contributor articles to professional journals.
Member national scouting committee Boy Scouts American, 1974—1978. Member of American Public Health Association (task force for credentialing of laboratory personnel 1976-1978, program development board 1979-1981), American Medical Association, Utah Public Health Association (president 1980-1982, Beatty award 1979), Utah Academy Preventive Medicine 1982-1983, Utah State Medical Association (trustee 1979-1983), Institute Medicine of National Academy of Sciences, Rotary, Delta Omega, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Sigma Xi.
Married Lydia Maria Smith, December 29, 1952. Children: James, Susan, Bruce, Ralph, Samuel, Sara, Benjamin.