Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature, Harvard University, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy in American Civilization, Harvard University, 1968. Master of Arts in English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 1953.
Instructor English Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts, 1953—1955, Boston University, 1957—1958. From instructor to professor history Boston State College, 1958—1982. Professor Fitchburg State College, 1982—1993, professor emeritus, since 1993.
Chairman committee Council President, Massachusetts State College Systems, 1990. Presenter in field; visiting professor Kings College, University London, 1994—1995, 2008—2009.
Member of Massachusetts State College Association (president, Boston State College chapter 1980-1982), American Association University Professors 1970-1972, (president Massachusetts state conference 1982-1984, William S. Tacey award 1998).
Son of Carlyle van Courtland and Marie Edmée (Choisy) Moon. Married Palma Roberge (divorced). Children: John Albert van Courtland, Margaret Hames, Laurelle Conte.
Married Joan Mary Farrell, July 24, 1971.