Bachelor of Science, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, 1972. Master of Arts, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, 1980.
Realty specialist Veterans Administration, Chicago, 1975—1985, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, 2001—2005. Contracting officer General Services Administration, Chicago, 1985—1988. Management analyst Internal Revenue Service, Cincinnati, 1988—2001.
Adjunct faculty Joliet Junior College, 1987—1988, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, 2008. Adjunct instructor University College-U. Cincinnati, 1998—2001. 1st. lieutenant United States Army Reserve, 1973-1975, Fort Eustis, VA.
Member of Indiana History Society, Knights of Columbus.
Married Mary Susan Gates, November 29, 1969. Children: Kelley Nichol Puthoff (Zinkan), Geoffrey Gates.