AB, Drury College, Springfield, Missouri, 1936. Juris Doctor, Missouri University, Columbia, 1941. Doctor (honorary), Missouri University, Columbia, 1997.
Worked at Hulston, Jones, Gammon & Marsh (Springfield, Missouri) specializing in Hospital Law, Real Estate, Banking Law. Admitted to the bar, 1941, Missouri. 1949, United States. Supreme Court.
John K. Hulston Hall named in his honor at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1990.
Phi Delta Phi; Order of the Coif. Recipient: Springfieldian of the Year Award, 1978.
Distinguished Alumni of Drury Award, and Faculty/Alumni Award, 1988. Citation of Merit, Law, 1989, Distinguished Service Award, 1993, University of Missouri-Columbia.
Vice Chairman, Commission which wrote "Home Rule Charter" for Springfield, Missouri, 1952-1953.
Author: "An Ozark Lawyer"s Story, 1945-1976," Western Printing Company, Republic, Missouri. "Harry South. Truman versus J. William Chilton," 197 South.W. 346 (Missouri 1917) (with Paul West. Barrett, Missouri Law Review, Volume 56, 1991. "The Duty of Mental Health Care Providers to Restrain Their Patients or Warn Third Parties," with Timothy East. Gammon, Missouri Law Review, Volume 60, 1995.
Instructor, Real Estate Law, Drury College, 1949-1968.
Lecturer, Corporation Law, East.R. Breech School of Business, 1953. Chairman, Wilson"s Creek National Battlefield Park Foundation, 1951-1961 and Springfield City Charter Revision, 1977.
Trustee: Springfield Public Library, 1955-1961. Cox Health Systems, 1961.
Drury College and The State Historical Society of Missouri, 1977.
Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society, 1984-1990. President, University of Missouri-Columbia Law School Foundation, 1985-1987. Member: Springfield Metropolitan (President, 1973) and American (Reporter on: Probate and Trust Law) Bar Associations.
Missouri Bar (Chairman, First Legal Aid Committee, 1951).
American Judicature Society. American Academy of Hospital Attorneys.
Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Military: Major, United States.
Chairman Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Commission, 1969-1979. Vice chairman Springfield Home Rule Charter Commission, 1953. Chairman Springfield City Charter Commission, 1977.
President Greene County Estate Planning Council, 1952. Trustee Springfield Public Library., 1957-1963, Drury College, 1966-1996, life trustee, since 1996. Trustee State History Society Missouri, since 1974, CoxHealth, since 1959, president, 1966, chairman, 2001-2003.
Chairman Greene County Democrats, 1947-1948. Introduced President Harry S. Truman at 1st Whistle Stop Speech, Springfield, July 5, 1948. Presidential elector, 1948.
Member Missouri Civil War Centennial Commission, 1961-1965. Trustee University Missouri Jefferson, 1976-1982, Missouri University Law School Foundation, Columbia, president, 1985-1987. Co-founder Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks, 1948, Wilson's Creek Battlefield Foundation, 1952, Greene County History Society, 1962, The History Museum Springfield-Greene County, 1974.
Member development fund board Missouri University, Columbia, 1986-1990. Major United States Army, World War II, 1941-1946. Fellow American Bar Foundation (life).
Member American Bar Association (real property, probate/trust reporter Missouri 1974-1996), American Judicature Society, American Academy Hospital Attorneys, American Society Law, Ethics and Medicine, Missouri Bar Association (1st chairman legal aid 1952), Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (president 1973, Distinguished Attorney award 2002), Springfield Chamber of Commerce (president 1950, 51, 54), Supreme Court of Missouri History Society (co-founder, trustee 1984-1990), Sons of the American Revolution, Order of Coif, Masons (32 degree), Shriners (potentate 1963), Jester, Hickory Hills Country Club (Springfield), Phi Delta Phi, Kappa Alpha Order.
Married Ruth Amis Luster, December 18, 1944. 1 son, John Luster.