Bachelor in English, Ursinus College, 1962. Master of Arts in English, Pennsylvania State University, 1970.
Freelance folk singer, 1959—1962. Technical writer Gannett Fleming Engineers, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1963—1965. Member faculty Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1968—1996.
Founder, president State College Meals on Wheels, Pennsylvania, 1971. Member of Outdoors Writers Association American, Pennsylvania Outdoors Writers Association (parliamentarian).
Married Cordelia Westervelt, June 29, 1963. Children: John Robbins, Rebecca Welser, Margaret Jennings.