Bachelor of Science in Engineering, United States Naval Academy, 1956; postgraduate, Air Command and Staff College, 1967-1968; Master of Business Administration, George Washington University, 1968.
Commissioned ensign, United States Navy, 1956; advanced through grades to rear admiral, United States Navy, 1979; Executive officer United States Ship Fearless, United States Navy, Charlotte, South Carolina., 1959-1960; Executive officer United States Ship King, United States Navy, San Diego, 1968-1969; commanding officer United States Ship England, United States Navy, San Diego, 1972-1974; executive assistant to chief naval personnel, United States Navy, Washington, 1974-1977; commander Destroyer Squadron 7, United States Navy, San Diego, 1978-1979; director military personnel policy division Office of Chief Naval Operations, United States Navy, Washington, from 1979; former United States representative to military commission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels now with, Center for Naval Analysis, Alexandria, Virginia.
Member of the United States Naval Institute (board control nominating committee 1979-1981), Naval Academy Alumni Association (trustee-at-large 1975-1978), Army Navy Country Club (Board of Governors 1979-1981).
Married Anne Margaret Cheesman, May 26, 1973. Children: James McDermott, Margaret Anne.