Bachelor, East Texas State Teachers College, 1950. Master of Arts, University Texas, Austin, 1955. Master of Arts, Mexico City College, 1955.
Doctor of Philosophy, University Texas, Austin, 1991.
Reporter Texarkana Gazette, 1947—1949, part-time news editor, 1969—1971. Assistant news editor Amarillo Globe-Times, Texas, 1956. Staff writer Shreveport Times, Louisiana, 1958—1959.
Copy editor The Light, San Antonio, 1959—1961, 1969. Political consultant Texarkana, since 1960. Freelance writer, since 1961.
Contributing editor, editorial advisory board Texas Observer, Austin, 1960—1980. Management consultant Red River Regional Council Alcoholism, Texarkana, 1975. Speaker workshops, Texas, Arkansas.
Staff sergeant United States Air Force, 1950-1953.
(Never in Doubt: A History of Delta Drilling Company by Pr...)
(Saga of Wealth, A: The Rise of the Texas Oilmen, by Presl...)
(Book by John McCamy James Presley)
Co-founder, president Texarkana Anti-Pollution Society. Co-founder, board directors, president Friends United for a Safe Environmental, Texas-Arkansas, since 1988. Press aide Henry Gonzalez-for-Governor, San Antonio, 1958.
Member of New York Academy of Sciences, Oral History Association, Society Environmental Journalists, International Society Fluoride Research, American Association History of Medicine.
Married Fran Burton, January 13, 1962. Children: John Francis, Ann Burton.