Student, American Press Institute, Columbia University, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Charleston Southern University, 1985.
Sports editor Orangeburg Times and Democratic, South Carolina, 1948-1950. Polit reporter Montgomery Advertiser, Alabama, 1954-1955. Sports editor Charleston News and Courier, South Carolina, 1956, copy editor, 1958, state editor, 1959-1962, city editor, 1962-1968, managing editor, 1968-1971, promotion director, 1971-1975, vice president for corporation public relations, 1975-1996.
Vice president corporation communications, administrator The Post and Courier Foundation, 1996—2006, president, 2006—2007. Board directors Star Gospel Mission, Charleston, 1962-1980, chairman board directors, 1980-1996, executive director, 1996—2007. Faculty advisor Student Newspaper, Charleston Southern University.
Lecturer; special adviser commandant 7th United States Coast Guard district for establishment of district-wide public information program, 1960-1961. Journalism lecturer Charleston Southern University. Secretary 1st board founders, 1969.
With South Carolina, National Guard, 1948-1950 United States Air Force, 1950-1954 United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1955-1956 United States Army Reserve, 1956-1959 United States Coast Guard Reserve, 1959-1966, with United States Naval Reserve, 1966-1975.
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Chairman advisory board Salvation Army. Chairman regional advisory council South Carolina Department Youth Service. Chairman planning board United Way.
President Palmetto Safety Council. Chairman board Charleston County Library. Foundation; lay reader, vestryman, senior warden Episcopalian Church.
Board directors Charleston Museum, South Carolina Tricentennial Parade Committee, 1972, South Carolina Humanities Council. Member John Ancrum Society of Society Prevention Cruelty to Animals, Carolina Art Association, International Newspaper Promotion Association, South Carolina Press Association (president 1985), Air Force Association (director Charleston council), Naval Civilian Managers Association, Navy league (vice president Charleston council), Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce (president 1983), Toastmasters International (charter member Okinawa club), Okinawa Society, Downtown Athletic Club, Pacific Stars and Stripes Alumni Association (board directors), Rotary Club (president 1974-1975, Service Above Self award 2002).
Married Mary Phelps, January 9, 1952 (deceased 1964). Children: Teresa Jean, Marilyn Phelps. Married Sylvia Louise McKenzie, February 11, 1966 (deceased November 1971).
Children: Hayden Shepherd, John Douglas. Married Virginia Kirkland, June 28, 1975. Children: Anne Mikell, Robertson Carr.