Bachelor, Wabash College, 1957. Master of Arts, Vanderbilt University, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University, 1967.
Sports editor, Crawfordsville (Indiana) Journal-Review, 1953-1956; claims and methods analyst, Prudential Insurance Company, Chicago, 1957-1958, 60-61; finance analyst, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, 1963-1964; professor, Owen Graduate School Management, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1967-1978; acting dean, Owen Graduate School Management, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 1973-1976; with, Willis Corroon Corporation, since 1976; vice president, Willis Corroon Corporation, Nashville, since 1979; director, Willis Corroon Americans, Nashville, since 1981; divisional vice president, Willis Corroon Corporation, Nashville, since 1989; chairman, chief Executive officer advanced risk management services, Willis Corroon Corporation, Nashville, 1981-1990; chairman, chief Executive officer national resource division, Willis Corroon Corporation, Nashville, 1990-1991; chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Risk Management Superior vena cava syndrome, Nashville, since 1992. Board directors Meridian Insurance Company Ltd., Hamilton, Bermuda.
Board of directors Spencer Education Foundation, New York City, since 1984. Served with United States Army,1958-1960. Member American Economics Association American Finance Association, Finance Management Association, American Risk and Insurance Association, Cornell Club (New York City).
Married Anita Taylor, June 10, 1961. Children: Elizabeth Lee Parsons, Jonathan J., Amy L. Hardman.